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Hello I had a question regarding the drag and drop ability of Outlook 2010 into various applications. I can currently grab an attachments and drop them on the desktop no problem. If I double click on the attachment in Outlook it will open it in the respective default application. No problems there. What I think is happening is the file is saved temporarily to a temp location then opened from there. The problem is when I try and drag the attachment into another application.

Examples include text documents into Notepad++, CAD files into AutoCAD, etc. These applications normally can take a drag and drop straight from the desktop and open the file directly. Instead, from Outlook I have to drag them to the desktop, then drag the desktop files into the application(s). A multiple step process that requires the movement of windows, etc. I'd like to avoid this if possible.

I guess what I'm asking is, can I have Outlook automatically download my attachments to a permanent location and link that to the email so that when I drag and drop and I go directly to my application? Or even if I have to manually download each email's files, just open up an explorer window of that location so I can drag and drop from there?

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Not a duplicate, but this question very similar to this question; Strip attachments from emails to disk but leave a link in the email to the attachment. Check it out, the solution might help you. –  CharlieRB Jun 26 '12 at 17:13
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When an application initiates a drag it specifies what's available to drag by putting available formats in a IDataObject. When a 'drop target' receives a drag drop event it can query available formats to see if it can accept the data.

It's quite complex and therefore most drop targets only accept the very basic CF_HDROP format, which it appears Outlook does not provide.

The only way around this is to either use another app that can read PST files and handles CF_HDROP in the drop source or using a tool like the one above to strip the attachments from your emails and have Explorer handle the drag and drop.

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