We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Outlook VBA - save attachment using email Subject as filename

quentinp
quentinp asked
on
1,785 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have a piece of VBA script that saves attachments, and is activated using outlook Rules.

The attachment I'm interested in comes once a day and always has the same name, so I want to concatenate the subject of the email - which does change each day (or concatenate the date of the email).

I have never done VBA before and the following *works* as long as 'emailsubject' is set equal to a "string like this":


Public Sub saveAttachtoDisk(itm As Outlook.MailItem)
Dim objAtt As Outlook.Attachment
Dim saveFolder As String
Dim emailsubject As String

emailsubject = "string like this"

saveFolder = "D:\Users\AAA\Reporting\"
    For Each objAtt In itm.Attachments
        objAtt.SaveAsFile saveFolder & "\" & emailsubject & objAtt.DisplayName
        Set objAtt = Nothing
    Next
End Sub



I have tried setting emailsubject equal to each of the following :
emailsubject = Outlook.olMailItem.Subject
emailsubject = Item.Subject
emailsubject = olMailItem.Subject
emailsubject = MailItem.Subject
emailsubject = objMsg.Subject

But none of these work - what is wrong / missing?
Many thanks
Quentin
Comment
Watch Question

CERTIFIED EXPERT

Commented:
It should be itm.Subject

Author

Commented:
Thanks - but that's not working either, though it does pause in the same way as when it *is* working.  Just no file in the folder.  
I've realized that the Subject probably has some characters in it that will mess things up :

"/" and ":"

Alternatively - can I insert the date of the email?


CERTIFIED EXPERT

Commented:
In that case, it would be itm.ReceivedTime.  You'd still need to replace the \ and :.  So I would use
Replace(Replace(item.ReceivedTime, "/", "-"), ":", ".")

Author

Commented:
Thanks - still not working though.  I have :

Public Sub saveAttachtoDisk(itm As Outlook.MailItem)
Dim objAtt As Outlook.Attachment
Dim Msg As Outlook.MailItem
Dim saveFolder As String
Dim emailsubject As String

emailsubject = Replace(Replace(itm.ReceivedTime, "/", "-"), ":", ".")

saveFolder = "D:\Users\AAA\Reporting\"
   
    For Each objAtt In itm.Attachments
   
        objAtt.SaveAsFile saveFolder & "\" & emailsubject & objAtt.DisplayName
       
        Set objAtt = Nothing

    Next

End Sub



I tried
emailsubject = Replace(Replace(item.ReceivedTime, "/", "-"), ":", ".")
emailsubject = Replace(Replace(itm.ReceivedTime, "/", "-"), ":", ".")
emailsubject = Replace(Replace(itm.CreationTime, "/", "-"), ":", ".")
emailsubject = itm.class
emailsubject = Msg.class
emailsubject = itm.Importance
emailsubject = Msg.Importance


in the above - (I was hoping to hit a property that didn't need the Replace function) and none of them worked.

For debugging is there a way to find out if I am getting a value for "emailsubject" - before I try to use it in a filename?  (Can I show it onscreen?)

Many thanks
Quentin
CERTIFIED EXPERT

Commented:
emailsubject = Replace(Replace(itm.ReceivedTime, "/", "-"), ":", ".")

msgbox emailsubject

Author

Commented:
Something weird is going on - after this didn't work I've gone all the way back to the original script that did work, and still no luck.
So something else has changed in the meantime.  
I've restarted Outlook, still no luck.  will have another go at this tomorrow.
Many thanks
Quentin
CERTIFIED EXPERT

Commented:
Any luck?  Happy to still help.
Commented:
This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION

Author

Commented:
Never resolved, but the need went away.

Gain unlimited access to on-demand training courses with an Experts Exchange subscription.

Get Access
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Empower Your Career
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE

Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Unlock the solution to this question.
Join our community and discover your potential

Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. Become a member today and access the collective knowledge of thousands of technology experts.

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.