How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

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.

Anyway, the Outlook Temp folder is located in your Library’s “Caches” folder, although 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 the Outlook Temp folder on a mac

  • Open a finder window

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

  • In the Finder Menu bar (at the top of your screen), select “Go”.
  • And scroll down to “Go to Folder…”

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

  • Type the folder location “~/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook Temp” and click “Go”.

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

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

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

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?

How to view hidden folders within the mac Library folder

  • Open a Finder window.

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

  • Click on the “Go” menu as before, then hold down the Option (Alt) key and “Library” will magically appear within the list of folders.

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

(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!)

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  • Open a finder window

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

  • In the Finder Menu bar (at the top of your screen), select “Go”.
  • And scroll down to “Go to Folder…”

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

  • Type the folder location “~/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook Temp” and click “Go”.

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

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

How to find Outlook Temp files on a mac by SueCo Virtual Assistance via The World of Suzy Homemaker - www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

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?

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

A hui hou,

@SuzyHomemakerUK

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