This article was previously published under Q252732
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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
This article describes how to set the default attachment folder to a different location.
Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
Change the value to the path you want. For example: C:\My Attachments, would set the location to the My Attachments folder. %USERPROFILE%\My Documents, would set it to the My Documents folder on a computer that had more than one user profile.
On the Registry menu, click Exit.
When you open a new mail message and attach a file, the Insert File dialog box opens to the folder you have specified.