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how to find an attachment in thunderbird?

one of my friends whant to find an attachment in thunderbird. we tried but i still didn't find how.

*** Hopeleonie ***
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do you have the little paperclip symbol showing in the thunderbird mailbox screen?  This says that an email has anattachment.  Click on the paperclip on the menu bar to sort mail into 'has attachment' and 'does not have attachment'

scan through your emails and open the email with the correct file
you should now be able to open the file.

alternatively, if you can't find it, open any attachment and look at file/properties.  this should say where the file is located on the disk.  look in this folder for your missing file.
*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
hi werafa

thanks for your comment.
my friend is having 6023 mails and 4158 mails with attachments. is there realy no way to find the attachment from the search options?

Do you mean that you know the name of the attachment, but don't know which message it's attached to? There's no way to do that in the search options TB provides, but there is a way to accomplish this.

All emails are stored in a pure text format in the folder files that TB creates. You can find the location of the files by right-clicking on your account name (the bold-faced line above your list of folders, on the left side of the window), choosing Properties, and selecting Server Settings. The box labeled "Local directory" shows where your files are stored. In that folder, you'll find two files for each folder; one has a file extension of .msf, while the other has no extension at all (and is much larger). The second file, with no extension, is the file that actually holds all the emails, including the attachments. (So, for instance, there is an Inbox.msf file and an Inbox file; you want the file without the .msf. If file extensions are hidden, so it looks like you have two files both called Inbox, you want the larger file of the two.)

Open up this file in an editor (Notepad if necessary, though it's not a very good editor). Search for the file name of the attachment. Once you find it, back up 20-40 lines to the message header information. There, you'll be able to find the date and sender, which you can use in TB to find the message.

If you have a number of folders, you'll have to go through all of them. But this will work.

Note that this will not enable you to search for text within the attachment; attachments are stored with a coding format that allows storing non-text information as text, and the way that's done makes ordinary text unreadable.
*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
thanks for you both
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