How to find Outlook temp files: Mac

Do you want to retrieve documents from Outlook? Or you saved a file in the Outlook Temp folder and now can’t find the Outlook Temp or your file or document folder; using Finder? Here is what you can do:

Outlook Mac stores temporary files such as e-mail signatures, opened attachments (images, documents, PDF files, etc) and other e-mail content in the following location:

~/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook Temp

You can locate Outlook Temp:

  • Open Finder
  • Go to the “GO” drop down menu and select “Go to Folder…”
  • Enter ~/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook Temp and click go

OR, alternatively

  • Open Finder
  • Go to the “GO” drop down menu and hold down the option (alt) key.
  • The “Library” option will appear.
  • Click on “Library” and then you will find “Caches” and then “TemporaryItems” and “Outlook Temp”

Now you can locate your Outlook file.



  1. stellasmommy says

    thank you this was so easy. i ‘ve been trying to follow more complicated instructions without success. i was able to do this in 3 seconds. :) sigh.

  2. Phil says

    I unfortunately do not have a GO drop down menu. Is there an equivalent on newer versions of Finder?

  3. Phil says

    OK I found it – on my other screen at the top – I do not understand why its not kept on the same screen as Finder ….

    • Ellen says

      Phil, I had the same problem as you, and I cannot find the go drop down menu, and I don’t know what other screen you are talking about. Where is that on a new macbook pro? So very frustrated!

  4. Callie says

    I did this and it says file cannot be found. Is there a way to set a preference so it doesn’t do this.

  5. Sam says

    Thank you so much for this article! For a horrible five minutes I thought my file had not been saved, until I realised it was in this hidden directory – having easy instructions to get there reduced my stress significantly.

  6. Ivik says

    Thank you!!! I was about to throw my computer through the window… Found the files… Thank you… Thank you… :o)

  7. says

    I did this but see that I don’t have a TemporaryItems sub-folder. I can locate an Outlook Temp folder but it’s empty. If I go into outlook and open an attachment, then select “file save”, it opens an Outlook Temp folder that has lots of files in it. Do you have any idea what’s going on here?

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