The following is the Save Attachment code sample from Teach Yourself Outlook in 24 Hours.
Augusto modified Frank's code "in order to avoid file overwriting when the attachment name is the same as an existing one (i.e. details.txt on a return receipt email). Now, the attachments are saved in the format “SenderName.ReceivedDate.filename.ext” and then the attachment is deleted from the original email." Augusto's code modification (page 3). Also on page 3, a version that deletes all attachments in the selected folder.
To use, first create a folder under your My Documents named OLAttachments. Then select one or more messages and run the macro to save and remove the attachments. (May wish to comment out the line that deletes the attachment before testing). Remove or comment out the MsgBox lines after testing.
To delete the attachments without saving them, leave just these lines between the If... and End if. (The macro can also be edited to remove the statements above the If command that are no longer needed.)
If lngCount > 0 Then For i = lngCountb To 1 Step -1 ' Delete the attachment. objAttachments.Item(i).Delete Next i objMsg.Save End If
Copy and paste the code from this page into your ThisOutlookSession project. To do this, you can either move your mouse to the right of the first line and click the Copy button (or view source code button then select all, copy and paste). Or copy it from this text file: Save and Delete Attachments. After pasting the code into the VB Editor, it should be colored similar to the code below. A Red line indicates problems with the line.
In Outlook, press Alt+F11 to open the VBA editor and expand Microsoft Outlook Objects then double click on ThisOutlookSession to open it in the editing pane and Ctrl+V to paste the code.
Public Sub SaveAttachments() Dim objOL As Outlook.Application Dim objMsg As Outlook.MailItem 'Object Dim objAttachments As Outlook.Attachments Dim objSelection As Outlook.Selection Dim i As Long Dim lngCount As Long Dim strFile As String Dim strFolderpath As String Dim strDeletedFiles As String ' Get the path to your My Documents folder strFolderpath = CreateObject("WScript.Shell").SpecialFolders(16) On Error Resume Next ' Instantiate an Outlook Application object. Set objOL = CreateObject("Outlook.Application") ' Get the collection of selected objects. Set objSelection = objOL.ActiveExplorer.Selection ' Set the Attachment folder. strFolderpath = strFolderpath & "OLAttachments" 'Use the MsgBox command to troubleshoot. Remove it from the final code. MsgBox strFolderpath ' Check each selected item for attachments. If attachments exist, ' save them to the Temp folder and strip them from the item. For Each objMsg In objSelection ' This code only strips attachments from mail items. ' If objMsg.class=olMail Then ' Get the Attachments collection of the item. Set objAttachments = objMsg.Attachments lngCount = objAttachments.Count 'Use the MsgBox command to troubleshoot. Remove it from the final code. MsgBox objAttachments.Count If lngCount > 0 Then ' We need to use a count down loop for removing items ' from a collection. Otherwise, the loop counter gets ' confused and only every other item is removed. For i = lngCount To 1 Step -1 ' Save attachment before deleting from item. ' Get the file name. strFile = objAttachments.Item(i).FileName ' Combine with the path to the Temp folder. strFile = strFolderpath & strFile ' Save the attachment as a file. objAttachments.Item(i).SaveAsFile strFile ' Delete the attachment. objAttachments.Item(i).Delete 'write the save as path to a string to add to the message 'check for html and use html tags in link If objMsg.BodyFormat <> olFormatHTML Then strDeletedFiles = strDeletedFiles & vbCrLf & "<file://" & strFile & ">" Else strDeletedFiles = strDeletedFiles & "<br>" & "<a href='file://" & _ strFile & "'>" & strFile & "</a>" End If 'Use the MsgBox command to troubleshoot. Remove it from the final code. MsgBox strDeletedFiles Next i 'End If ' Adds the filename string to the message body and save it ' Check for HTML body If objMsg.BodyFormat <> olFormatHTML Then objMsg.Body = objMsg.Body & vbCrLf & _ "The file(s) were saved to " & strDeletedFiles Else objMsg.HTMLBody = objMsg.HTMLBody & "<p>" & _ "The file(s) were saved to " & strDeletedFiles & "</p>" End If objMsg.Save 'sets the attachment path to nothing before it moves on to the next message. strDeletedFiles = "" End If Next ExitSub: Set objAttachments = Nothing Set objMsg = Nothing Set objSelection = Nothing Set objOL = Nothing End Sub
Code ModificationsFrank's code modification (page 2) Augusto's code modification (page 3). Also on page 3, a version that deletes all attachments in the selected folder.