outlook doesn't run rule automatically RRS feed

  • Question

  • HI,

    I would like to save the attachments from incoming emails to a specific folder on my hard disk.

    I have applied the following VBA code and set up a rule so that outlook should run this script on the emails I receive. This works fine when I run the rules manually, but not when I receive the emails.

    Thank you for the answer.

    Public Sub SaveAttachments(item As Outlook.MailItem)
    Dim objOL As Outlook.Application
    Dim objMsg As Outlook.MailItem 'Object
    Dim objAttachments As Outlook.Attachments
    Dim objSelection As Outlook.Selection
    Dim i As Long
    Dim lngCount As Long
    Dim strFile As String
    Dim strFolderpath As String
    Dim strDeletedFiles As String

    ' Get the path to your My Documents folder
    ' strFolderpath = CreateObject("WScript.Shell").SpecialFolders(16)
    ' On Error Resume Next

    ' Instantiate an Outlook Application object.
    Set objOL = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")

    ' Get the collection of selected objects.
    Set objSelection = objOL.ActiveExplorer.Selection

    ' Set the Attachment folder.
    ' strFolderpath = strFolderpath & "\Attachments\"
    strFolderpath = "c:\Users\u16o76\"

    ' Check each selected item for attachments. If attachments exist,
    ' save them to the strFolderPath folder and strip them from the item.
    For Each objMsg In objSelection

        ' This code only strips attachments from mail items.
        ' If objMsg.class=olMail Then
        ' Get the Attachments collection of the item.
        Set objAttachments = objMsg.Attachments
        lngCount = objAttachments.Count
        strDeletedFiles = ""

        If lngCount > 0 Then

            ' We need to use a count down loop for removing items
            ' from a collection. Otherwise, the loop counter gets
            ' confused and only every other item is removed.

            For i = lngCount To 1 Step -1

                ' Save attachment before deleting from item.
                ' Get the file name.
                strFile = objAttachments.item(i).FileName

                ' Combine with the path to the Temp folder.
                strFile = strFolderpath & strFile

                ' Save the attachment as a file.
                objAttachments.item(i).SaveAsFile strFile

                ' Delete the attachment.

                'write the save as path to a string to add to the message
                'check for html and use html tags in link
                If objMsg.BodyFormat <> olFormatHTML Then
                    strDeletedFiles = strDeletedFiles & vbCrLf & "<file://" & strFile & ">"
                    strDeletedFiles = strDeletedFiles & "<br>" & "<a href='file://" & _
                    strFile & "'>" & strFile & "</a>"
                End If

                'Use the MsgBox command to troubleshoot. Remove it from the final code.
                'MsgBox strDeletedFiles

            Next i

            ' Adds the filename string to the message body and save it
            ' Check for HTML body
            If objMsg.BodyFormat <> olFormatHTML Then
                objMsg.Body = vbCrLf & "The file(s) were saved to " & strDeletedFiles & vbCrLf & objMsg.Body
                objMsg.HTMLBody = "<p>" & "The file(s) were saved to " & strDeletedFiles & "</p>" & objMsg.HTMLBody
            End If
        End If


    Set objAttachments = Nothing
    Set objMsg = Nothing
    Set objSelection = Nothing
    Set objOL = Nothing
    End Sub

    Thursday, October 22, 2015 1:24 PM


  • Hello Alex,

    I have noticed the following line of code:

    ' Instantiate an Outlook Application object.
    Set objOL = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")

    You shouldn't create a new Application instance in Outlook VBA. Instead, a the global shortcut can be used - the Application property.

    Also there is no need to use the Selection property due to the fact that you need to handle the arrived mail item passed as a parameter.

    Public Sub SaveAttachments(item As Outlook.MailItem)

    Where and when do you use the item object in the code?

    Each time the mail comes into your Inbox the Selection object is processed.

    Finally, try to run the code manually under the debugger and see whether you get any error/exception in the code or not. Does it work correctly?

    Thursday, October 22, 2015 2:22 PM