Forgotten Attachment Detector - Goodbye Forgotten Attachments To E-mails

In May 2009, Microsoft Office Labs have launched a very cool add-in for Outlook, called Forgotten Attachment Detector, which reminds you when you have forgotten to attach a file to your e-mail. Like many of my colleagues, I have issues with forgetting to attach files to e-mail messages. Therefore, I was pretty excited to hear about this tool. Problem was, the tool worked only on Windows Vista and Windows 7. After plenty of requests made by people all over the world, this add-on has been updated to work on Windows XP too. Now the whole corporate world can use it. In this article I will tell you where to find this tool, what else you need to install to make it work and how to configure it and use it.

What To Download & Install

For such a little tool, Forgotten Attachment Detector has plenty of dependencies. Prior to installing it, you need to download and install the following:

When you install this tool, make sure your Microsoft Outlook 2007 is closed.

How To Use Forgotten Attachment Detector

After you install it, you will see a small button similar to the one below in the Microsoft Outlook 2007 toolbar. If this doesn't show up, it means the add-in was not installed or loaded properly. In case of issues, ask for help on the Forgotten Attachment Detector Discussions forum.

Forgotten Attachment Detector

If you click on the button, you will see the configuration window. On the upper side you have the list of primary words which the tool will be looking for when checking if you forgot to attach a file or not. You can edit this list by using the Add, Edit and Delete button. The process is very easy.

Below it, you will have the list of secondary keywords and contexts.

Forgotten Attachment Detector

By default, this plugin is configured to work for e-mails in English. To make it work for your own language, you can add the translation of the default keywords to the lists of primary and secondary keywords. By adding just a few words, I've made it work even for Romanian.

When done configuring the plugin, click on OK.

Now you start typing e-mails as usual. When you forget to add an attachment, after you press the Send button, you will receive a warning like the one below.

Forgotten Attachment Detector

Now you can go back to your e-mail and attach the forgotten file.

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its nice to see Microsoft following GoogleLabs (funny coincidence? of names) on the addition of missing attachment detection. Although the Microsoft version came out later, it is very nice that they allow the addition or editing of detection words, which is invaluable to the changing specificity of each user. Word around the e-campfire is that many of these growing cloud hosting companies are developing similar initiatives to manage the information traffic in their servers - - this text-based tracking of information seems to have a lot of potential (maybe potential with errors too!).

As far as I learned from the article found by shared files SE the devs in Office Labs have recently released a new version of the Forgotten Attachment Detector. This Outlook add-in reviews your email message before it is sent to make sure that if you’ve mentioned an attachment, there actually is one.
The Forgotten Attachment Detector can be used with Outlook 2010, 2007 and 2003. This updated version includes support for Arabic, German, and Japanese.

Thanks for sharing the link, but argg it seems to be down... Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please reply to my message if you do!

I would appreciate if someone here at could post it.


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