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I've embedded email messages in a Word 2010 document (copy from Outlook, paste in Word) and each message is shown as a mail icon with the email subject as the caption.

I want to change the caption displayed but I can't find out how... I tried right-click->Packager shell object object->convert->change icon, but this changes the icon type from a mail icon to a generic icon and that's no good.

How can I achieve this - to change the text label shown under the embedded icon?

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Under Packager Shell Object Object don't you see a Rename Package option? – Karan Nov 21 '12 at 21:36
Yes but it doesn't work – Mr. Boy Dec 3 '12 at 11:34
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After some testing of my own, it appears that this cannot be achieved in this way as the e-mail item is an object whose properties are predetermined from within Outlook before being pasted into the Word document.

You are looking to treat this object's name - although part of the object / icon itself - as a caption, which cannot be done as it has been copied from an external source and was not created in Word to begin with. Consider - and treat - it as an individual entity whose properties cannot be modified in this way.

However, it is not all bad news and can be achieved via the following steps (which I myself have tested and can confirm the validity of):

  • Copy e-mail item from within Outlook
  • Paste into a separate location on your computer (desktop will suffice)
  • Rename the object on the desktop
  • Copy newly-renamed object and paste into Word document

Please note that you may lose the icon in this process, which should be easy to restore.

I hope this helps.

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If a "Convert" option is offered for the object then selecting "Convert" followed by "Change Icon" will allow you to change the object's caption. Right click, convert Change Icon

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