I recently received a question from a reader:
I recently read your article about changing the default save location for MS Outlook 2003 at http://www.intelliadmin.com/blog/index.php/2007/09/set-default-folder-for-attachments-in-outlook-2003/
It is very informative; however, it was almost what I was looking for. I would like to change the default OPEN location, so I was wondering if you know how that would be accomplished.
Very good question. It could be useful to have Outlook open to the folder of your choice when clicking on the attachment button – especially if you send lots of them every day.
The default option is that it opens to the documents folder:
The bummer is that after lots of research, I have come to the conclusion that the only way to change this is to change the location of your “My Documents” folder
You can change the folder location by right clicking it on your desktop, and going to properties. Or you can dig into the registry down to this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Find the “Personal” value, and change it to your folder of choice. From that point on Outlook will default to that folder when you go to attach a file. The side effect of this is that it changes the location of your “My Documents” folder – so this is a trade off you will need to consider.
That is the only way I know to change it. If anyone else has a better method, please email me (email@example.com) or drop a line in the comments.
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