I discovered a fast and easy way to save Outlook messages to my hard drive yesterday. In the past I’ve written about archiving Outlook messages, but this technique is much easier.
- Simply navigate to the folder where you want to store the message(s) or create a new folder, and leave it open on your desktop
- In Outlook, click on the message and begin dragging it
- Alt/Tab so the folder you want to save it in appears
- Drop the message into the folder
The message will be saved with a .msg file type, versus .txt If you want to save multiple messages to the same folder, select them by using the Ctrl key, and drag and drop them as a group.
That’s all there is to it. I’m a firm believer that 80% of email is drivel, but there are messages I want to hang onto for future reference, for legal/litigation reasons, or to just plain cover my ass. Either way, this method only takes a few seconds.
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