The following code works in Outlook 2000 and up. It saves the attachments from selected messages but does not delete the attachments from the message(s). This VBA code is based on the code sample at our Outlook-Tips site: Save and Delete Attachments.
Instructions to add the macro to a toolbar button or ribbon command are at the end of the page.
Save Attachments to the hard drive
Copy and paste the code from this page into your ThisOutlookSession project.
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.
To use it you must first create a folder under your My Documents named OLAttachments (the code will not create it for you). Then select one or more messages and run the macro to save the attachments. You'll need to set macro security to warn before enabling macros or sign the macro. You can change the folder name or path where the attachments are saved by editing 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 ' The attachment folder needs to exist ' You can change this to another folder name of your choice ' Set the Attachment folder. strFolderpath = strFolderpath & "OLAttachments" ' Check each selected item for attachments. For Each objMsg In objSelection Set objAttachments = objMsg.Attachments lngCount = objAttachments.Count If lngCount > 0 Then ' 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 ' 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 Next i End If Next ExitSub: Set objAttachments = Nothing Set objMsg = Nothing Set objSelection = Nothing Set objOL = Nothing End Sub
Assign the macro to a button
In Outlook 2007 and older, you can create a toolbar button to run the macro. In Outlook 2010, you'll need to customize the ribbon.
Run the macro using a ribbon or QAT shortcut
Step 2: Choose Macro from the Choose Commands From menu and select the macro you want to add to the ribbon or QAT.
Step 3: Select the Group you want to add the macro to. If it doesn't exist yet, use the New Group buttons to create the group.
Step 4: Use the Rename button to give the macro a friendly name and change the icon. You are limited to the icons in the dialog (unless you want to program a ribbon command).
Run the macro from a toolbar button
To create a toolbar button for it, go to View, Toolbar, Customize, Commands tab. In the Categories pane, type M to jump to Macros. On the Commands side, drag the macro you created to the toolbar. Right click on the button to rename it and assign a new icon.