Outlook 2013 Attachment Reminder Algorithm RRS feed

  • Question

  • What is the algorithm being used by the Outlook 2013 Attachment Reminder feature?  Our add-in inserts some boilerplate text into emails and this text comes from server-side templates that the administrator can change and so we would like to avoid triggering this prompt.  It would be nice to know the algorithm so that we can understand how to word the emails versus using trial and error.

    Also, what languages are supported by this feature?

    Monday, March 11, 2013 9:01 PM


  • The exact logic hasn't been published, but it essentially looks for sequences of words in the subject and body.  Words like "attached", "attachment" and "attaching" will only trigger the reminder if the word usage makes sense in the context it's used.

    Some known strings that are searched include: “Enclosed” ,”Going To Attach”,” Here is”, “Include”, “Enclose”, “See Snapshot”, “PFA”, “Print Attachments”, “Sending You”, “This Email”, ”Now Attach”, “This is”.  Remember that context is important.

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    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 2:33 PM