Never Forget an Attachment with Outlook Attachment Reminder

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If you use Outlook and sometimes get replies to your emails saying, “I think you might have forgotten the attachment,” you should check out Outlook Attachment Reminder, a simple VBScript macro. When you click the Send button it checks the body of the email for “attach” in the text (so it will also catch “attachment”, “attached”, etc). If “attach” is present and there is no attachment to the email a warning message pops up.

Outlook Attachment Reminder in action

Outlook Attachment Reminder in action

This is a really simple yet effective macro. It’s something that I had actually been meaning to put together myself for a while but never got around to.

If you use Thunderbird, you can try a similar add-on: Attachment Reminder. Google has a similar feature in Gmail Labs —  Forgotten Attachment Detector — but it doesn’t work for me.

(via Lifehacker)

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Simon Mackie

@Adrian Fortunately this happens to everyone, so it’s not too embarrassing when it happens. Still I’d prefer not to get those “hey, no attachment!” emails :-)

Dave Lyon

@Simon – I agree. It’s a pretty simple idea that can save lots of pain. The first time I experienced it in Evolution I didn’t actually need to attach anything, but felt comforted by the “care” the app was showing.

It’s the kind of feature that takes an app from being simply useful to being something that watches out for you.

Simon Mackie

@Dave That’s cool, but I’m actually surprised that most email apps don’t have this built-in, at least as an option. It’s something I’ve been meaning to write for *ages*, but I only think to do it when I forget an attachment…

Dave Lyon

Or you can use the Evolution mail app for Linux which has this feature built in. I don’t know how long it’s been there- at least since I migrated in October 2008.

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