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When connecting Outlook and a SharePoint document library is it possible to add e-mails from Outlook to the library inside Outlook using drag and drop or some other method? if some sort of addon is needed I'd prefer a really, really simple solution; ie. not a suite of Outlook-SharePoint integration features.

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Your question is not clear. You are connecting a SharePoint list to Outlook and you want to store E-Mails in that SharePoint list and exchange them via Drag and Drop? – Dennis G Apr 18 '11 at 15:08
That is correct, if you by "exchange" mean 'put them there' so to speak. – noocyte Apr 27 '11 at 10:14
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You can configure SharePoint to receive E-mails, the only easy way would be to forward all your e-mails to that dedicated sharepoint e-mail or I could think of one easy solution: Use the SharePoint webdav feature ("Explorer View"). You could map the network location to a network drive and just drag and drop Outlook items into that folder. SharePoint will display the messages and Outlook will most probably open them from there.

A "drag-and-drop" solution to get just some email's to Sharepoint would need to be custom coded. Think about the implications:

  • The mails need to be converted to some web-friendly format (i.e. including sender information etc.)
  • The e-mail needs to be stored in SharePoint
  • The attachments will need to be stored somewhere else in SharePoint
  • The e-mail needs to reference the attachments in some way

If you're into third party solutions, there are some good ones available:

"allows an easy 'drag and drop' action to copy or move specific emails to document libraries"

"The Outlook Add-in provides a convenient way to synchronize SharePoint document libraries (including sub-folders) with Outlook folders. Users can easily copy or move documents, emails, and attachments between Outlook and SharePoint - either manually with a simple drag-and-drop or automatically using Outlook rules. "

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Looks like there isn't a native solution to this challenge then. Thanx for the links. But please note that the first link to a really old product... :) – noocyte Apr 28 '11 at 6:11
Should have sorted them differently - Colligo is a "known name" so I would go with them if I had to choose. Also try to use Explorer View once and move some E-Mails to a document library of your choice - maybe it even works this simple way. – Dennis G Apr 28 '11 at 7:20
I'm sure the "Explorer view" works, it's just that some of my colleagues wants everything inside Outlook... – noocyte May 6 '11 at 8:36
Just as a note we decided to add a "Discussion Board" list to our sites and connect that to Outlook; this list supports drag and drop of e-mails to it. – noocyte Oct 19 '11 at 6:31
Interesting! Thanks. – Dennis G Oct 19 '11 at 18:48

For drag and drop of emails from Outlook to SharePoint we are using SharePoint Outlook Integration tool. PageLight also offers Save Outlook emails to SharePoint functionality to copy emails and attachments with their Meta data

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