"Can you help me recover my changes? I double-clicked the attachment, made changes, and then hit Save before closing it. But when I try to re-open it, my changes are missing!"
This solution opens the Outlook Secure Temp Folder (a.k.a the OLK folder) without having to open the registry. This is where the changes will have been saved.
1. Find a PDF
in your Inbox that you received as an e-mail attchment and open it directly from the e-mail into Adobe Reader
2. In the Adobe software, go to File | Properties
3. Click the HYPERLINKED Location
path of the file to open the secure temp folder
Whenever Outlook is asked to open a file in its client program (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader, etc.) the attachement is first copied to the Outlook Secure Temp folder, which may begin with "OLK...", or is found in a super-hidden subfolder
of Temporary Internet Files. This design is intended to preserve the message and its original attachment, while allowing you to interact with the file locally.
can be found that direct you into the registry (HKCU\Software\Microsoft\O
r, or similar) to find the folder path. But this can be cumbersome, and frankly intimidating to many. The purpose of this article is to provide a quicker, easier, and safer way to get at these attachments which does not require access to the registry.