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How to change default attachment saving location in Outlook?

Have you fed up with finding the attachment location you have specified every time when launching Outlook? In this tutorial, we will show you how to change the default attachment location. After that, the specified attachment saving folder will be opened automatically every time you save the attachments even though you restarting the Outlook.

Change default attachment saving location in Outlook

Change default attachment saving location quickly and easily with Kutools for Excel


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Please do as follows to change the default attachment location in Outlook.

1. Close the Outlook application.

2. Firstly you need to create a folder and save it in a specified location. For example, I create a folder named “attachments” and saved it in the C disk.

3. Then press the Windows + R keys at the same time to open the Run dialog box.

4. In the Run dialog box, type the word “regedit” in the Open box, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

5. Then a User Account Control dialog box pops up, please click the OK button.

6. In the Registry Editor dialog box, you need to do as follows.

1). In Outlook 2016 / 2019, please double click to expand the KEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Office > 16.0 > Outlook;

2). In Outlook 2013, please double click to expand the KEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Office > 15.0 > Outlook;

3). In Outlook 2010, double click to expand the KEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Office > 14.0 > Outlook;

4). In Outlook 2007, double click to expand the KEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Office > 12.0 > Outlook.

7. Then click the Options folder in the left pane. Right click on the blank place in the right pane and choose New > String Value. See screenshot:

8. Rename the String Value as DefaultPath.

9. Double click to open the DefaultPath. In the Edit String dialog box, type the folder path you have created in step 1 in the Value data box. And click the OK button.

10. Close the Registry Editor dialog box.

From now on, when every time you start your Outlook application and save the attachments, the specified folder will be opened automatically.

Note: This method is only applied when you saving attachments from emails. When you inserting attachment in a new created email message, the previous default path will be opened automatically.


arrow blue right bubble Change default attachment saving location quickly and easily with Kutools for Excel

So many steps of above method may make you annoyed, here, I can introduce you an easy and handy tool-Kutools for Outlook, with its Default Folder for Saving Attachments utility, you can quickly change the default folder for saving the received attachments.

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After installing Kutools for Outlook, please do as follows:(Download Kutools for Outlook Now!)

1. Launch your Outlook, and click Kutools > Options, see screenshot:

2. In the Options dialog box, click Others tab, and click button beside the Default Folder for Saving Attachments option to open the Select Folder dialog, and then specify a folder for saving the attachments, see screenshots:

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3. Then click Select Folder to return to the original dialog box, and click OK button, a prompt message will pop out to remind you restarting your Outlook to take this setting effect, see screenshot:

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4. Click OK and restart your Outlook, the received attachments will be saved to the specific folder you selected when you saving your attachments.

Please download Kutools for Outlook freely and try it now!


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It works! Why did MS leave out this very important option? Who knows!
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Thanks! Works wonderfully, changed the versioning to 16 for Outlook 2016.
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Thanks a lot, this saved me a lot of time looking on the Internet.. :)
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You have to edit the registry just to change the download location? What a load. SMH
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[quote]What a load. SMHBy John[/quote] That's not the only load. It seems Outlook can't be set to default save attachments to a user-specced folder. If you get a lot of attachments, it makes a difference working thru the awful 'Save As' dialog or one's fav 2-pane file manager which has all the needed folders already open in tabs.
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