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.

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Comments

  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.

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