How to Quickly Attach the Last Modified File in a Windows Folder to Your Outlook Email

At times, you may want to quickly find and attach the last modified file in a specific Windows folder to an Outlook email. In this case, you can utilize the method introduced in this article.

Some users wish to let Outlook swiftly find out and append the last modified file in a Windows folder to an email, such as the most recently created, changed or saved file. However, Outlook doesn’t offer such a direct and native feature. Therefore, in the followings, we will expose a piece of VBA code, which can realize it with ease.

Quickly Attach the Last Modified File in a Windows Folder to Your Outlook Email

Attach the Last Modified File in a Windows Folder to Email

  1. At the very outset, you should launch your Outlook application.
  2. Then, after you get into the main Outlook window, you can press “Alt + F11” key buttons.
  3. Next you will access the Outlook VBA editor window in success.
  4. Subsequently, you ought to find and open a module which is not being used.
  5. And then copy and paste the following VBA code into this module window.
Sub AttachLastModifiedSpecificFile()
    Dim objShell As Object
    Dim objSelectedFolder As Object
    Dim objFileSystem As Object
    Dim strSourceFolderPath As String
    Dim objSourceFolder As Object
    Dim objFile As Object
    Dim dLastModifiedDate As Date
    Dim strLastModifiedFilePath As String
    Dim objMail As Outlook.MailItem
    On Error GoTo ErrorHandler
    'Select a local source folder
    Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
    Set objSelectedFolder = objShell.BrowseForFolder(0, "Select the source folder", 0, "")
    strSourceFolderPath = objSelectedFolder.self.Path
    Set objFileSystem = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    Set objSourceFolder = objFileSystem.GetFolder(strSourceFolderPath)
    If objSourceFolder.Files.Count > 0 Then
       For Each objFile In objSourceFolder.Files
           'Find the last modified file within "xlsx" file type in the selected Windows folder
           If (objFile.DateLastModified > dLastModifiedDate) And (objFileSystem.GetExtensionName(objFile) = "xlsx") Then
              'You can add or change criteria, such as
              'Left(objFile.Name, 4) = "Test" ---> file whose name begins with "Test"
              '(objFile / 1024) / 1024 > 2 --> File exceeds 2 MB
              'Note: Use "And" to connect more than one criteria
              strLastModifiedFilePath = objFile.Path
              dLastModifiedDate = objFile.DateLastModified
           End If
       If strLastModifiedFilePath <> "" Then
          'Confirm attaching it to the current outlook email
          strMsg = "The last modified file in the " & Chr(34) & strSourceFolderPath & Chr(34) & " is: " & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "File: " & strLastModifiedFilePath & vbCrLf & "Date: " & dLastModifiedDate & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "Do you want to attach it?"
          nPrompt = MsgBox(strMsg, vbQuestion + vbYesNo, "Confirm Attaching Last Modified File")
          If nPrompt = vbYes Then
             Set objMail = Outlook.Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem
             objMail.Attachments.Add strLastModifiedFilePath
         End If
         MsgBox "No file in the selected folder can meet your predefined criteria!", vbExclamation + vbOKOnly
      End If
      MsgBox "No file exists in the selected Windows folder!", vbExclamation + vbOKOnly
    End If
    Exit Sub
End Sub

VBA Code - Quickly Attach the Last Modified File in a Windows Folder to Your Outlook Email

  1. After that, you can exit the current VBA editor window and proceed to add the new macro to Quick Access Toolbar or ribbon of Message window.
  2. Later you need to change your Outlook macro security level to low.
  3. Eventually you can have a try.
  • Firstly, create and compose a new Outlook email as usual.
  • Then hit the macro button in Quick Access Toolbar, like the image below:Hit the macro button in Quick Access Toolbar
  • Next you will be required to select a source Windows folder and hit “OK”.Select a source Windows folder
  • If there is such a file in the selected Windows folder, you’ll get a prompt like the following screenshot:Info of Last Modified File
  • When you hit “Yes”, this file will be attached at once.Attach Last Modified File

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