Outlook File Drag

Drag and drop Outlook items as files into any application

Overview

Outlook File Drag is an add-in for Outlook 2013 and 2016 that allows you to drag and drop Outlook items (messages, attachments, contacts, tasks, appointments, meetings, etc) to applications that allow physical files to be dropped, such as web browsers.

How Does it Work?

When you try to drag and drop from Outlook, Outlook correctly identifies the format as virtual files (CFSTR_FILEDESCRIPTORW) since the files do not exist directly on disk. Instead, they are contained in a PST file, OST file, or on an Exchange server.

However, many applications do not support this format, such as web browers and most .NET/Java applications.

To work around this issue, Outlook File Drag hooks the Outlook drag and drop process and adds support for physical files (CF_HDROP). When the receiving application asks for the physical files, the files are saved to a temp folder and those filenames are returned to the application. The application processes the files (such as uploading them). Outlook File Drag deletes the temp files later in a cleanup process.

Features

Installation

To install, run the installer that matches your Windows build:

After installing, restart Outlook for the add-in to take effect.

Automated (Silent) Installation

For administrators, OutlookFileDrag supports automated (silent) installation and uninstallation using msiexec with command line parameters.

Silent Installation

To silently install OutlookFileDrag, use this command:

msiexec.exe /i <pathtomsi> /qn /log <pathtolog>

Example:

msiexec.exe C:\Install\OutlookFileDrag_x64.msi /qn /log C:\Logs\OutlookFileDragInstall.log

After installing, restart Outlook for the add-in to take effect.

Silent Uninstallation

To silently uninstall OutlookFileDrag, use this command:

msiexec.exe /x <productcode> /qn /log <pathtolog>

Example:

msiexec.exe /x {CF5F9043-967C-400D-B6D5-F41AF6AD83AE} /qn /log C:\Logs\OutlookFileDragUninstall.log

Acknowledgements

Outlook File Drag uses these open source projects:

Feedback/Contribute

You can view the source code, report issues, and contribute on Github.

If you find this project useful, please consider donating. Your donations are appreciated. =)

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Version History

1.0.10

1.0.9

1.0.8

1.0.5

1.0.4

1.0.3

1.0.2

1.0.1

1.0

Outlook File Drag is copyright (c) 2018 by Tony Federer and released under the MIT License.