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How to open zip files in outlook without saving the attachment

Hello & Happy New Year

I have outlook 2003 running on Windows 7 Professional 64bit.

When a email comes in with an attachment that is a .zip file a user would like to just open the zip file up to see what is in it. They do not want to have to save the zip to be able to open it. The user also once they click the attached zip file a window pops up with a few options. These are "Open" & "Save". When you click open the computer does nothing & no zip file is opened.

On windows XP or Vista when you click open it would open up. Can you get window 7 to do this as well?

Like when you open up a word or pdf document to read it. You do not have to save the file somewhere before you can open it.

We do not use Winzip or Winrar to open our zip files. Only use window to open zip files.
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kiran6014Commented:
Hi. Happy new year.
               It's highly impossible that to open a file with out saving to your computer, Though you click on open, it saves the file Temp folder in ur system root and then it tries to open the file. That means if you click to save, it ll save it to the location known to you, else it ll store in temp folder and then open with the default application.
               As you said its not opening  the file, it means the default application set for zip/rar files are not working properly or the server is taking long time to download the attachment.
                Let me know if it helped you.
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hutnorAuthor Commented:
Hi

Not really - I do know it already make a temp copy to open it. The same happens like the pdf and that.

The default app is windows explorer. It seems to open zip file like folders.

The zip file is only 2mb - I have also tried it with a zip file that was only 1kb.

The network is 100mb/s
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senadCommented:
If I am not mistaken,if you have no specialized program for opening zipped archives,
windows explorer jumps to help and unzips the attachment.Now,you are asking,if I am not mistaken,if you can see the attachment straight away without undergoing the unzipping process.As far as I know you can not.
Windows zip support is only elemental (it treats zip files as folders).Not to mention,because of that, it slows down windows performance.
So I suggest you get your self either WinRar (my favourite) or WinZip.
Their evaluation versions can be freely downloaded.


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hutnorAuthor Commented:
I would have to buy Winzip then?

This is for a company & I think you need to pay for it.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have always had WinZip installed, and when I look at a ZIP attachment in my Outlook on my Windows 7 Pro machine, it opens from Outlook right into WinZip so one can see what is there. Any extraction, of course, will be to the hard drive somewhere. But you do need WinZip for this. ... Thinkpads_User
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ICaldwellCommented:
you can use 7zip to open the zip files.... http://www.7-zip.org/

its free... you could also use the trial version on WinRar, but its like the trail version of WinZip, you have to click the accept button every time you load....

7Zip is completely free, its open source...
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hutnorAuthor Commented:
I will try the 7 zip & see how it goes
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hutnorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that - 7zip worked as needed and makes the boss happy
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hutnorAuthor Commented:
Need to set 7 zip as the default program to open zip files
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senadCommented:
I am glad your company and your boss profited buy using the free version of 7zip.
However,the original question was not if there was a free utility to open compressed files but if Windows 7 could do that.
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hutnorAuthor Commented:
Thanks

The question was "How to open zip files in outlook without saving the attachment" its in bold at the top......

The cost for winzip or winrar over how much it would be used is to low. This is why we do not use it already & only use window to open the zip files.
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senadCommented:
You said :  "On windows XP or Vista when you click open it would open up."
(also,you did not mention you had winzip or winrar on XP or Vista preforming this.)
So I assumed you wanted to do the same in Windows 7 when you asked
"Can you get window 7 to do this as well?"
That implied that no other third  tool came into question.
(And you said that you do not use winrar or winzip).
Though strange shrugging of 2 best tools on the market,I tought you
just wanted to use windows and that's it.
Even kiran6014 understood it that way when he said " It's highly impossible".
Since you gave misleading indications your accepted answer was a little surprise for me.
Your question should have been : A free utility to open compressed files.
I am a little tired and am going to sleep...
I'll ask a mod for an opinion on this.


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hutnorAuthor Commented:
well I assume you just give point to who helps fix the problem so I just gave the points to who fixed it & got the zip file to open while it was in outlook.
You might have said why it is not working but was not sure it was meant to have points as it does not fix the porblem.
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Chris BottomleyCommented:
Hello senad,

In my humble opinion, we respond to questions that can move around when the author is asked specific questions by ourselves.  In this way we experts give the authors a better understanding of their problem.  In this case the issue was revealed to be an abscence of the required application - by yourself with a specific application identified as a freebie by ICaldwell.  I have experienced these situations before and sometimes the author spreads the points and sometimes not - over time you gain and lose in equal measure.

The thread ran until the missing application was identified but once the identified the author focussed in on the problem avoiding wasting experts time  so as such I would suggest there is no point in getting upset and simply take away the fact that you helped out with a valid input

Regards,

chris_bottomley
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hutnorAuthor Commented:
So he does need some points? At the time I did not think so and now I am unsure.
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Chris BottomleyCommented:
Hutnor ... I am not admin I was merely trying to appease a little!

The points are yours to assign as you see fit.  There are two approaches I have seen one where all the points goto the final relevant post and one where points are apportioned.  Both are correct in my view therefore MUST you assign points to relevant parties - no, can you ... yes.

Personally I would suggest you take away the concept demonstrated here where:

kiran6014 indcated the default app wasn't working,
Senad indicated it probably didn't exist and
ICAldwell pointed you to a free unlimited application.

All three could therefore considered deserving as the first identified the starting concern, the second the missing application and the final one your solution.  All of the experts could likely have focussed you to the same result in isolation.

For this reason I would suggest in future you could consider the alternative split of points BUT again in my humble opinion neither is a must do but the split can generally be seen to more representative of the help thread and is my personal preference in such cases.

Chris
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