Change the folder where e-mail messages and attachments are saved

Applies to
Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003

 Important   This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, see Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry.

This article discusses how to configure the default folder that is used by Outlook 2003 when you save e-mail messages and attachments.

By default, when you use the Save As command to save e-mail messages and attachments in Outlook 2003, these items are saved in your My Documents folder. The path where e-mail messages and attachments are saved in Outlook 2003 by default isdrive:\Documents and Settings\user name\My Documents, where drive is the drive where Microsoft Windows is installed, and where user name is your user name.

You can change the location where e-mail messages and attachments are saved by adding the following registry value:

HKEY_CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Options\DefaultPath

To do this, do the following.

 Warning   If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
  3. In Registry Editor, locate the following subkey in the registry: HKEY_CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Options
  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
  5. Type DefaultPath, and then press ENTER.
  6. Double-click the DefaultPath value.
  7. In the Edit String dialog box, in the Value data box, type the path, including the drive letter, to the folder that you want to use for your Outlook saved items, and then click OK.
  8. Exit Registry Editor.
Applies to:
Outlook 2003