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How to find out attachments by file name in Outlook?

Although you can find out messages with attachments quickly with Search Tools > Has Attachment, it is hard to pick out the attachment with specified file name exactly from a number of messages with attachments in a short time. Actually, there is a way to find out attachments by file name quickly, only if you remember the attachment name or some pieces in the attachment name.

Find out attachments by file name in Outlook 2010 and 2013

Find out attachments by file name in Outlook 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleFind out attachments by file name in Outlook 2010 and 2013

The following steps will guide you to find out attachments by file names in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013 easily.

Step 1: Put the cursor at the search box to activate the Search Tools.

Step 2: Click the More > Attachment Contains on the Refine group on the Search tab.

Step 3: In the new added Attachment Contains box, enter the specified file name of attachments or some words in the specified file name.

Then you will find out the specified attachments with the entered file name at once.

Note: This method begs the questions of file names of attachments, and it will find out all attachments that contains the text entered in the Attachment contains box.

For example, you enter the text of feature in the Attachment contains box, and it will find out not only attachments whose file names contain the feature, but also attachments which contain the feature in their content.


arrow blue right bubbleFind out attachments by file name in Outlook 2007

This section will describe you in details about finding out attachments by file name in Microsoft Outlook 2007 quickly.

Step 1: Click the  button at the right of search box to expand the query builder.

Step 2: Click the Add Criteria > Attachment Contains. See the following screen shot:

Step 3: In the new added Attachment Contains box, enter the specified file name of attachments.

Then it will find out the attachments whose file names with entered text at once.

By the way, this method will also find out the attachments which contain the entered text in their content too.


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    Kris · 1 years ago
    It doesn't search by file name. It searches e-mails which contain certain text and have attachments.
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    Charlie · 2 years ago
    Thank you this was bugging me for weeks
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    Don Alejandro · 3 years ago
    This only seems to find messages where the [i]contents [/i]of the attachment contain the search text. It does not find messagea where [i]only the attachment name[/i] contains the search text...
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      Bart · 2 years ago
      When I try to search for a file named by e.g. 1234 it won't find it