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I have a huge amount of sent email containing attachments that I no longer need.

I know that I can open each message manually and remove each attachment, but I can't possibly do this for several 100 messages without injury or loss of income.

Is there some way to aggregate / automate attachment removal?

  • Large emails can be found from File > Info > Mailbox Cleanup > Find items larger than
  • I want to somehow select all and remove only the attachments and not delete the message.
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If you are ok with 3rd Party addons, here are a couple - Kopf Outlook Attachment Remover or Attachment Save. Both move the attachment to an external location and replace the entry with the link, not quite what you want, but might be close enough. Outlook Attachment Sniffer Seems to have the option to just "Remove" the attachment.

Alternatively, if you are in the mood to go scripting, there is this

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The Kopf one looked promising but didn't work for Outlook 2010. The Attachment save one, I can install (it's in the list of addons) but is not present anywhere. It should be supported, but the examples all show older versions. The script might be a better solutions, but I guess I'll have to read through it first ;). Anyway, thanks for the suggestions! – Henning Klevjer Nov 26 '12 at 8:26
You are welcome. Did you try the 3rd addon, it seems quite up to date. – Karthik T Nov 26 '12 at 8:50
Ah it is a 30 day trial.. – Karthik T Nov 26 '12 at 8:50
The last one worked, but it also deleted all the emails. As I've given this more thought, the question might be a little silly. What I'd have to do is modify the email on the server to remove the attachment, not solve it in the application. It would keep downloading the attachments to be consistent. Also, I didn't mention I'm using IMAP. I think your answer is as good as it gets, really. Thanks again. – Henning Klevjer Nov 26 '12 at 8:57
Ah yes, i think IMAP does make this more complicated.. – Karthik T Nov 26 '12 at 9:00

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