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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

This tool needs to come standard. It looks for mentions of an attachment in your email, and notifies you if you haven’t actually attached anything, thus eliminating the follow-up “Oh, here’s the attachment I said I’d send you” email. (I did this yesterday, in fact.)

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need this.

posted by travis at 15:25 in General    

4 Comments »

  1. Is there a similar tool for Windows XP? It would come handy…

    Comment by Mimika — August 22, 2006 @ 16:12

  2. I wish Outlook would tell you if you don’t have a subjet, like Outlook Express. Not that I have this issue, but I know several people who send subject-less emails that get lost in the batch of subject-less emails. Very hard to sort on subject when there is none!

    Comment by Chris — August 26, 2006 @ 23:43

  3. I installed it. Well it works as advertised, but it’s not exactly intelligent. For instance I tried crafting a message that used the word ‘enclosed’ and it didn’t blink. Maybe I am looking for a sentient plug-in, but it doesn’t seem a stretch to have a table of synonyms.

    Comment by Chris — September 2, 2006 @ 16:11

  4. (off topic, slightly, but an answer!)

    FOLLOW UP:

    Well, a coworker found the following trick to getting Outlook to warn you if you don’t have a subject line. In Outlook, do the following:

    1) tools ? macros ? visual basic editor (or alt+f11)
    2) drill down to ‘thisoutlooksession’
    3) Click on new project
    4) paste this snippet of code

    Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    If Trim(Item.subject) = vbNullString Then
    MsgBox (‘There is no subject – enter a subject and try again’)
    ‘somehow stop the email from going but dont close the email
    Cancel = True
    End If
    End Sub

    Comment by Chris — September 4, 2006 @ 17:08

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