Automatically extract attachments?

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The "imagined" scenario.

The company has a template Excel file called StufToDo.Xls they give all

their external PMs. Daily or weekly the PMs send an email. The email

body is not important, they might write "Here ya go!" or leave it blank.

It is the attached Excel template to their email is important.

Corporate creates an Outlook email account called Stuff and the PMs send

all StufToDo emails to that account.

Corporate creates an email account on the network called Stuff. The

inbox for Stuff also has an inbox subfolder called Done.

When Outlook receives an email in that account, it looks to see if it

has a StufToDo Excel file. If so, it copies the Excel file to that

folder and then moves the email to the Done folder.

Since the file name StufToDo.Xls may already exist in that folder, and I

don't want it overwritten, Outlook generates a unique name for it to

copied to.

I suppose daily a user could check to see if any emails didn't get

processed or didn't fit the format, but overall there should be little

need for human intervention.

Can this be done? Easily? Or...are there any books or sources that may

describe something similar so I could see how it is done?

Also, would a computer need to have Outlook opened or could this be done

in the "background",

Thanks for any replies.
 

Michael Bauer

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Exchange Server
The hard way is to write a service that is running on the server, there's no

VBA possible. Easier is it with some VBA code running in Outlook, which of

course means that Outlook must be running.

Best regards

Michael Bauer

Am Fri, 26 Jun 2009 06:05:55 -0700 schrieb Salad:


> The "imagined" scenario.

> The company has a template Excel file called StufToDo.Xls they give all
> their external PMs. Daily or weekly the PMs send an email. The email
> body is not important, they might write "Here ya go!" or leave it blank.
> It is the attached Excel template to their email is important.

> Corporate creates an Outlook email account called Stuff and the PMs send
> all StufToDo emails to that account.

> Corporate creates an email account on the network called Stuff. The
> inbox for Stuff also has an inbox subfolder called Done.

> When Outlook receives an email in that account, it looks to see if it
> has a StufToDo Excel file. If so, it copies the Excel file to that
> folder and then moves the email to the Done folder.

> Since the file name StufToDo.Xls may already exist in that folder, and I
> don't want it overwritten, Outlook generates a unique name for it to
> copied to.

> I suppose daily a user could check to see if any emails didn't get
> processed or didn't fit the format, but overall there should be little
> need for human intervention.

> Can this be done? Easily? Or...are there any books or sources that may
> describe something similar so I could see how it is done?

> Also, would a computer need to have Outlook opened or could this be done
> in the "background",

> Thanks for any replies.
 
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