Accidentally saved an Outlook Attachment in the Temp Folder and can’t find or restore it? Do you want to retrieve documents from Outlook? Saved a file in your Outlook Temp folder and now can’t find that Outlook Temp Folder or your file? Tried using Finder with no result? Here is what to do to locate your Outlook Temp Files!
- 1 Quick tips
- 2 What Are Outlook Temp files?
- 3 Locate Outlook Temp files on Newer Outlook Versions
- 4 Locate Outlook Temp on Older Outlook Versions
- 5 Make Your Library Visible and Manually Search
- 6 If You Still Can’t Find Your Outlook files
- 7 Reader Tips
Follow these quick tips to locate and recover your Outlook Temp files today!
- Check your trash, just in case your deleted or removed the file
- Look in your user’s folder’s cache for temporary items ~/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook Temp/
- Open /private/tmp/ and/private/var/folders and look inside these folders for com.microsoft.outlook or Outlook Temp files
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What Are Outlook Temp files?
Outlook Mac stores temporary files such as e-mail signatures, opened attachments like images, documents, PDF files, etc., and other e-mail content in the following location(s):
- For Older Versions of Office: ~/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook Temp
- For Office 2016 and higher: /private/var/folders and look inside these folders for com.microsoft.outlook or Outlook Temp
Locate Outlook Temp files on Newer Outlook Versions
- Open Finder
- Go to the “GO” drop-down menu and select “Go to Folder…”
- Enter /private/var/folders and click go
- For /private/var/folders, you need to search within the folder for the com.microsoft.outlook or outlook temp–sometimes it’s inside the b6 or rz folders but often it’s elsewhere!
- Search around through various folders after the path /private/var/folders to find Outlook Temp
- Some readers find it here: /private/var/folders/b6/w46fh44s2wz53qqvcwhnrz440000gp/T/com.microsoft.Outlook/Outlook Temp
- Others found it here: /private/var/folders/rz/2mcg5kq124bcngdy8fk8kk_n3w_jjw/T/com.microsoft.Outlook/TemporaryItems
- If the file still isn’t found, repeat this process for the location /private/tmp/
Locate Outlook Temp on Older Outlook Versions
- Open Finder
- Go to the “GO” drop down menu and select “Go to Folder…”
- Enter ~/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook Temp
- And click go
- Open Finder
- Go to the “GO” drop-down menu and hold down the option (alt) key
- The “Library” option appears
- Click on “Library” and then you find “Caches” and “TemporaryItems” and finally “Outlook Temp”
- Now you locate your Outlook file
Make Your Library Visible and Manually Search
Find your Outlook Temp cache folder easily when your user Library folder is visible in macOS or Mac OS X!
For older Outlook versions
- Open your User Folder
- Click to open your Library folder
- Search for the folder Caches
- Inside the cache folder locate Temporary Items
- And look for your Outlook Temp directory there
- The full path is : User Folder > Library > Caches > Temporary Items > Outlook Temp Directory
If You Still Can’t Find Your Outlook files
Save the File to a New Location
Use Outlook’s File > Save As option to save a copy of the temp outlook file to a location you can easily access and remember!
Open a File’s Properties in Outlook
- Shift to the Mail view by clicking the Mail in the Navigation Pane
- Open the email message attachment that you want to see
- View the size, file location, and other properties
- If you are using the Outlook 2007, click the Office Button > Properties
- If you are using the Outlook 2010 and 2013, click File > Info
- Write down or take note of the listed file location
- Then follow the steps above under Locate Outlook Temp using that new location information
- Go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal
- In the Terminal windows, type in the command open $TMPDIR and press enter
- This Terminal command opens all your Temporary files folder
- Select the folder named Temporaryitems
- In Temporaryitems find your Outlook file and restore it
- You may need to look into other folders and search within these folders for files listed with com.microsoft.outlook or outlook temp
Follow reader John’s advice to open an attachment and try and save it
- Find an email with an attachment, open it, and click on File, then choose Save As
- When the Outlook Temp Folder pops up, you see all your documents saved to Outlook temp
- Right-click to open a file you want to retrieve, and when a menu pops up, choose Move to Trash
- Open your Trash to retrieve and save that file to another folder
John’s process avoids searching for your Library, temp folders and hunting thru its many subfolders.
Gary suggests opening up an attachment in outlook and looking at its properties to see the file location
- To find that location, open an attachment in outlook
- Then look at the properties which shows the file location
- In finder, go to that folder and copy in that file location
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