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pdf in temp files?

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I got an email in outlook with pdf.. i viewed it closed it and deleted email.. not I need to see it again.. is it kept in the temp folders? if so, where?

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Danny Child earned 100 total points
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Sometimes, it is kept in the OLK folder, which is super-hidden.  You can browse to it by doing Start.. Run.. and paste in the entire line below:

explorer.exe \\%computername%\C$\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\

Then, look for any folder starting with OLK (normally followed by 2 or 3 random characters).  NOTE, you can't manually browse to this location using the normal methods.  

You should see many email attachments in there.  
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Download and run this great little utility. It finds any attachments currently in any temp folders used by multiple versions of Outlook. Simply unzip and run. Select the version you are using, and if the file exists, you will see it. Select it and save it where you like.

OLK Finder

http://dw.com.com/redir?edId=3&siteId=4&oId=3000-2248_4-10977347&ontId=2248_4&spi=a78364d54f59ba71871bad0eec7a904d&lop=link&tag=tdw_dltext<ype=dl_dlnow&pid=11528509&mfgId=10055425&merId=10055425&pguid=967TTQoOYI0AAGzpqJMAAACK&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.cnet.com%2F3001-2248_4-10977347.html%3Fspi%3Da78364d54f59ba71871bad0eec7a904d%26part%3Ddl-10055425
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by:25112
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DanCh99, I do not see it there.. does it get cycled out after some time?
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by:25112
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same with olkf.exe.. it must have cycled out.. i saw the pdf 4 days ago..
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by:25112
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the folder you showed.. does it apply to outlook attachments that were open only or even from CD/Flash drives etc?
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by:flubbster
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Did you also delete it from the Deleted Items folder?
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by:flubbster
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Click on the deleted itmes folder. Next, click on the Tools menu at the top. Do you have a "Recover Deleted Items" option?
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by:25112
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I would have just opened the pdf and closed it.. not deleted it..

"Recover Deleted Items" is empty..
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by:johnb6767
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Did you browse to the folder in Explorer? (Sorry not familiar with that tool above).... I normally find it via CMD prompt....

dir "%userprofile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files"

Should see the OLK*** folder there.....
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by:johnb6767
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"I would have just opened the pdf and closed it.. not deleted it.."

Can you check your webmail to see if it still has a copy of the email?
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I had already cleaned up the recycle bin 2 days ago.. since the pdf was  several MBs
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