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Word default paths

by Awetopsy / August 4, 2006 4:57 AM PDT

Hello all,

Here's what Im trying to do. When I receive a .doc or xls attachment in an email in Outlook, and I click open the doc instead of save; then if i try to save the document from word/excel it wants to save the file into the same temp folder that outlook saves attachments to.

What I want to do is make it so that when I try to save the opened document, it will default to "my documents" or something rather than the outlook "temp" folder.

does that make any sense?

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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Not sure
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 4, 2006 9:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Word default paths

I've checked through Outlook's Options, (Tools > Options), and couldn't see any option to change default paths for Save As.

But I wonder why you open attachments immediately from the email anyway.

Email attachments, (, xls etc), could harbour viruses, especially if they include macros. It is generally advisable not to open attachments directly from an email, but to save them to your hard disk first, (the Desktop is a good, temporary storage area), and then right click the attachment and select ''Scan with xxx'', where xxx is your anti-virus scanner.

I would do this even when the attachments are from a trusted source, eg family and friends.


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Re; word paths
by Kees Bakker / August 4, 2006 11:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Word default paths

That's the way it works.
1. If you open a document in Word, then File>Save it's overwritten (saved as itself).
2. And Outlook uses a temp folder to store attachments you want to open, not My Documents (it wouldn't know which subfolder to use anyway).
Both of these rules make sense, and together they do what you observe. And I don't want any of these 2 rules to change.

Better use File>Save As and choose My Documents from the 'Places Bar' at left. It's just one click more.


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by Awetopsy / August 8, 2006 1:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Word default paths

MarkFlax: Yeah, Its not actually me doing it. We are in a secure exchange network environment and Virii are not a problem.

Kees: I see what you are saying. However we figured out what we were trying to do. Its actually a simple registry setting that needs changing.

thanks for your help anyways guys. appreciate it.

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