Find an Email Attachment

by on November 27, 2009

Q: If I save an email attachment and then I delete the email, where will I find the attachment?

A: Finding a saved email attachment can be difficult because we are all in a rush and just tend to hit the okay button and have the file open for us when it is saved. The problem is next time we need to access that file we have no idea where the file was saved.

If you know the name of the file then you can use the search feature built into your operating system. For Windows users you can go to Start -> Search or Start -> Find -> Files or Folders and then type in the file name. For those running Mac OS X you can go up to the top right hand corner of the screen and click on the magnifying glass. This will allow you to search via Spotlight and again you just type in the name of the file.

Most of us have no idea what the file is called though so we have to do a little detective work. The best thing to do is to download an email attachment again. The easiest way to do this is to find an email you have that has an attachment and save that but if you don’t have any emails with attachments then you just need to send yourself an email with an attachment.

When you download the email attachment this time you will just have to pay a little more attention so you can see where the email attachment is getting saved. From there you will be able to go into that folder where your email attachments are saved and find all the attachments you have saved over time.

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One Response to “Find an Email Attachment”

    Nice article… I use an Outlook add-on called Lookeen ( to search for my mails. It also searches within attachements, calenders, contacts, etc. You can even use it as an desktop search by setting up the folders you want it to look through. Maybe it could be of some interest for one of you 🙂