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How to find out attachments by file type in Outlook?

Sometimes you may not be clear about attachments' names, content, etc. but attachments' file types (file extension) in messages. For example, the only thing you remember is that the attachment is a Microsoft Word document with meeting time. How to find out these attachments of specified file types? It seems hard to find out attachments of special file types with existing search tools in Microsoft Outlook.

Actually, you can find out attachments by file types in Outlook with entering searching criteria in the Search Box directly.

Find messages with attachments of one specified file type

Find messages with attachments of two or more file types

Find messages with attachments of at least one of specified file types

Find messages without attachments of specified file types

Common file types (extensions)

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arrow blue right bubbleFind messages with attachments of one specified file type

If you want to find out the messages which contain attachments of one specified file type, please enter the ext: extension in the Search Box.

ext: extension

For example, if you want to find out the messages that contain attachments of zip files, please input the ext: zip in the search box. Then it will filter the messages with attachments of zip in one minute.


arrow blue right bubbleFind messages with attachments of two or more file types

Your messages may contain attachments of more than one file types. And this section will help you find out messages with attachments of two or more specified file types at the same time.

ext: (extension extension)

Take the attachments of zip files and of txt files for example, just enter the ext: (zip txt) in the search box, and then it will find out the messages which contains both attachments of zip files and attachments of txt files at the same time.


arrow blue right bubbleFind messages with attachments of at least one of specified file types

This section will help you find out messages with attachments of at least one of several specified file types.

ext: (extension OR extension)

Supposing you need to find out the messages with attachments of zip, or attachments of docx, or attachments of zip or of docx, just enter the ext: (zip OR docx) in the search box.


arrow blue right bubbleFind messages without attachments of specified file types

Sometimes you may remember the messages contain attachments, and you can ensure the attachments are not some specified file types. In these cases, you can do it as following:

Firstly enter ext: (NOT extension) in the search box, and then click the Has Attachment on the Search tab.

In other cases, one message may include several types of attachments. However, you need to filter messages with specified types of attachments, but excluding specified types of attachments.

ext: (extension NOT extension)

For example, you need to find out the messages with attachments of word documents (docx), but exclude messages with attachments of workbook (xlsx). In other words, the messages with both attachments of docx and attachments xlsx don't meeting your needs. In this case, just enter the ext: (docx NOT xlsx) in the search box.


arrow blue right bubbleCommon file type (extensions)

NO.

File type

extension

1 Word Document docx
2 Word 97 – 2003 Document doc
3 Excel Workbook xlsx
4 Excel 97-2003 Workbook xls
5 PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation pptm
6 PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation ppt
7 CSV (Comma delimited) csv
8 Outlook message msg
9 Web Page Htm, html
10 PDF pdf
11 Plain Text txt
12 Open Document Text odt
13 Open Document Spreadsheet ods
14 Open Document Presentation odp
15 Common Picture Format png, jpg, gif, tip, bmp
16 Compressed (zipped) folder zip

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    Narendra · 10 months ago
    Thank you. This is exactly what I was looking for
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    MehdiH · 3 years ago
    Hi,
    Thank you for this very usefull tip.
    I tryed to search for every email with a Outlook visit card in attachement wich have normaly a .vcf extension but the "ext:vcf" search argument do not give me the correct result.
    Have you any idea.
    Regards
    Mehdi
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      Chri · 2 years ago
      You have to use whitespace ext: vcf



      BR

      Chris