1.    01 Feb 2017 #1
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    "Email Attachments" folder appears in my OneDrive. Why?


    I notice that a folder named "Email Attachments" appears by itself in my OneDrive. The folder is empty. Deleting this folder makes it to reappear by itself later. This behavior started relatively recently. But since I use my OneDrive on multiple Windows 10 computers as well as on two Android devices, it is hard to figure out who's to blame here (if that's something on my side and not OneDrive itself).

    There are some Microsoft links on the Net that say that this folder is created when I manually choose to save attachments to OneDrive in the online Outlook.com email client. I do use my old Hotmail address as my OneDrive profile address, but I don't visit Outlook.com and don't save any attachments there.

    BTW, my OneDrive is a regular OneDrive account (used with built-in into Windows 10 clients), not OneDrive for Business or anything like that.


    I don't need this "Email Attachments" folder and I don't want it to appear in my OneDrive. Is there any way to stop it from appearing? Or at least to figure out what triggers its creation?
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  2.    02 Feb 2017 #2
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    I think you will find this folder is automatically created when you have both OneDrive and Outlook. It is to allow the save to and copy from OneDrive feature to work for email attachments. The feature seems to be part of the web browser settings and will have been created if you log into Outlook via your browser. Go into Options and you will see settings for Attachment Options. You will see that mine is linked.

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    There may be a way to prevent the folder reappearing if you choose to always attach copies of your attachments rather than OneDrive links.

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    Also check: Save your Outlook.com email attachments to OneDrive in one click - Office Blogs
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  3.    08 Feb 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by philc43 View Post
    I think you will find this folder is automatically created when you have both OneDrive and Outlook. It is to allow the save to and copy from OneDrive feature to work for email attachments. The feature seems to be part of the web browser settings and will have been created if you log into Outlook via your browser. Go into Options and you will see settings for Attachment Options. You will see that mine is linked.
    Well, I don't visit my Outlook account in my browser (or in anything at all). However the folder still gets created from time to time.

    Also, I deleted the folder and then visited my Outlook email in my browser just to see what will hapen. And no, it did not re-create that folder.

    Quote Originally Posted by philc43 View Post
    There may be a way to prevent the folder reappearing if you choose to always attach copies of your attachments rather than OneDrive links.
    I have chosen that already. Doesn't help. The folder still re-appears from time to time.

    That's what I mentioned in my original post: it basically says that the folder is created when I explcity ask Outlook to save an attachment there. But I never do that.
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  4.    10 Feb 2017 #4
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    Basically, the problem is unsolvable at the time.

    "The feature to permanently prevent OneDrive from creating the Email Attachments folder is not yet available."

    Also: Please don't auto-create the email attachments folder – Feature Suggestions for Microsoft OneDrive


    Those geniuses at Microsoft did it again... Facepalm.
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