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How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac

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Hands up if you've ever saved an e-mail attachment straight from Microsoft Outlook and promptly lost it?

*raises hand*

Hmmm… thought so! It's SO easy to do, right?

You open up your e-mail attachment, hit SAVE or SAVE AS and away you go.

There you are, working merrily away, sometimes for HOURS and then POW! When you try to find the document again, it's not in the folder you thought it was.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

You curse your computer and threaten it with physical violence (oh! is that just me?).

Then, just as you're about to lose the will to live and start over, it hits you.

You forgot to change the folder destination! 

Instead of saving it where you thought you had, you'd actually saved your document into Outlook's temporary folder.

PHEW!!!

All you have to do is retrieve it from the Outlook Temp folder and move it to where you wanted it in the first place.

Voilà! Problem solved.

But hold on a minute. You're using a mac. Where IS the Outlook Temp folder?

If, like me, you're a multi-platform user, you're probably quite familiar with locating temporary files on Windows. But on a mac, there are LOADS of hidden folders, including "TemporaryItems", which is where your Outlook Temp Folder lives.

Why it would be hidden, I have no idea. It seems odd to me, but there you go! Maybe another Apple user can answer that question!

The Outlook Temp folder is located in your Library's "Caches" folder, but you might not be able to access it in the normal way, i.e. via Macintosh HD/Library/Caches.

But never fear, SueCo is here!

How to find your Outlook Temp folder on a mac

Open a Finder window.

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In the Finder Menu bar (at the top of your screen), select "Go".

And scroll down to "Go to Folder..."

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Type the folder location "~/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook Temp" and click "Go".

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Hey presto! You're in the Outlook Temp folder!

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Inside the Outlook Temp folder, you'll see the document you've inadvertently saved there, which you can then move to where it needs to be.

Yay!

And what about all those hidden folders I mentioned?

To view all hidden folders within your Library folder

Open a Finder window.

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Go to the "Go" menu as before.

Hold down the Option (Alt) key and "Library" will magically appear within the list of folders.

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(Apologies for the dodgy photography, the mac wouldn't take a screen shot during the command, so I had to snap it with the iPhone in one hand, whilst trying to click and press at the same time! I know they said being a PA was all about juggling tasks, but this is ridiculous!)

While holding down the Alt key, scroll down and click on "Library" and you'll now be able to see a whole host of folders you never knew you had!

(No photo of this step, I'm afraid as I couldn't take a photo and perform the command simultaneously. I'm good, but I ain't THAT good!)

Now I know what a curious little bunny you are, but PLEASE... don't go playing with any of these folders unless you know what you're doing. One must assume they are hidden for a good reason!

Nevertheless, I hope these tips will come in handy the next time you lose an e-mail attachment, or if you find yourself looking for another folder on your mac.

A hui hou,

Suzy H x

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Guest - kayla on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 23:17

It saying it can't find the folder , what do i do then :(

It saying it can't find the folder , what do i do then :(
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:36

You're definitely using Outlook, yes? If so, there must be an Outlook Temp Folder. Have you definitely typed it in correctly? If the answer to both questions is Yes, then I'm not sure I can help you. Perhaps call an IT expert? I hope you get it sorted!

You're definitely using Outlook, yes? If so, there must be an Outlook Temp Folder. Have you definitely typed it in correctly? If the answer to both questions is Yes, then I'm not sure I can help you. Perhaps call an IT expert? I hope you get it sorted!
Guest - Dristin on Friday, 08 January 2016 15:33

Thank you!! You are a life saver!

Thank you!! You are a life saver!
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Friday, 08 January 2016 23:04

Glad to help, Dristin! Thanks for taking the time to comment :-)

Glad to help, Dristin! Thanks for taking the time to comment :-)
Guest - Jungle on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 16:25

Thanks a lot! You helped to leave work on time :)

Thanks a lot! You helped to leave work on time :)
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 21:18

Yay! I'm all for not having to work longer than necessary. Glad to be of assistance :-)

Yay! I'm all for not having to work longer than necessary. Glad to be of assistance :-)
Guest - Chris Best on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:25

whoops, I meant circumstances.

whoops, I meant circumstances.
Guest - Chris Best on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:24

You're brilliant. You just saved me from missing a key deadline when I made exactly the mistake you refer to. And no, you're not the only one who threatens your computer with physical violence under such circumsatnces.

Thank you!!

You're brilliant. You just saved me from missing a key deadline when I made exactly the mistake you refer to. And no, you're not the only one who threatens your computer with physical violence under such circumsatnces. Thank you!!
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:04

Really pleased I could help, Chris. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate it. You can be nice to your computer, now and celebrate hitting your deadline ;-)

Really pleased I could help, Chris. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate it. You can be nice to your computer, now and celebrate hitting your deadline ;-)
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:08

Happy to help, Aileen!

Happy to help, Aileen!
Guest - Aileen on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 23:02

Invaluable. Providing the path made a difference in being able to locate my temp files. Other advice just didn't show the files.

Invaluable. Providing the path made a difference in being able to locate my temp files. Other advice just didn't show the files.
Guest - Marcus on Monday, 13 July 2015 20:23

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Monday, 13 July 2015 21:30

Pleasure, Marcus! :-)

Pleasure, Marcus! :-)
Guest - Bobo on Friday, 26 June 2015 09:17

You deserve a nobel prize for this advice.

Absolute lifesaver.

You deserve a nobel prize for this advice. Absolute lifesaver.
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Friday, 26 June 2015 14:38

awwwww shucks. Now I'm blushing! Thank you SO much for taking the time to comment. I'm delighted to have helped! :-)

awwwww shucks. Now I'm blushing! Thank you SO much for taking the time to comment. I'm delighted to have helped! :-)
Guest - leita on Saturday, 06 June 2015 14:38

Thank you, Suzy. That is just what i needed. love the screen shots.

Thank you, Suzy. That is just what i needed. love the screen shots.
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Monday, 13 July 2015 21:30

Happy to help, Leita!

Happy to help, Leita!
Guest - Nev on Friday, 24 April 2015 14:14

Hi

Well worth a thank you....

So Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge

Hi Well worth a thank you.... So Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Friday, 24 April 2015 16:53

Thanks Nev! So glad you found it useful :)

Thanks Nev! So glad you found it useful :)
Guest - David B on Thursday, 02 April 2015 19:03

It appears that if you log out of Outlook that all the saved documents in the Outlook Temp folder as described above will disappear from the folder. A document I had worked on last night is gone, but the test documents I worked on this morning are in the Outlook Temp folder. Does anyone know if the files is completely lost to me if it is not in the Outlook Temp folder. Is there in auto-recovery or saving to Trash when it is removed from the Outlook Temp folder?

It appears that if you log out of Outlook that all the saved documents in the Outlook Temp folder as described above will disappear from the folder. A document I had worked on last night is gone, but the test documents I worked on this morning are in the Outlook Temp folder. Does anyone know if the files is completely lost to me if it is not in the Outlook Temp folder. Is there in auto-recovery or saving to Trash when it is removed from the Outlook Temp folder?
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