In general, to unrar the “.rar” attachments in an email, you should firstly save it and then use specific tool to extract internal files. This article will provide you a method to unrar directly in Outlook.
Outlook doesn’t permit you to preview the “.RAR” attachments. Also, you cannot unrar the “.RAR” attachments straightly within Outlook. Therefore, if you wish to view such an attachment, you should firstly save it to local drive and then extract the internal files from it via special utility, such as WinRAR. Focused on this issue, here we will offer you a way, which allows you to unrar “.RAR” attachments just in Outlook. Now read on to get the detailed steps and VBA codes.
Unrar .RAR Attachments Directly in Outlook
- First of all, as this method relies on a specific tool – WinRAR, you should first install it on your PC and make sure where it is mounted.
- Then you could open your Outlook application as usual.
- Next press “Alt + F11” key buttons in the main Outlook window.
- Subsequently, in the Outlook VBA editor, open an empty module.
- And then copy the following VBA code into this module.
Public objFileSystem As Object Public strTempFolder As String Public strTargetFolderPath As String Public objAttachment As Outlook.Attachment Sub UnRARAttachment() Dim objMail As Outlook.MailItem Dim objShell As Object Dim strTempFolder As String Dim strRARFile As String Set objMail = Outlook.Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem Set objFileSystem = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") strTempFolder = objFileSystem.GetSpecialFolder(2).Path strTargetFolderPath = strTempFolder & "\Temp " & Format(Now, "YYYY-MM-DD-hh-mm-ss") MkDir (strTargetFolderPath) Set objShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") If objMail.attachments.Count > 0 Then For Each objAttachment In objMail.attachments If LCase(Right(objAttachment.FileName, 4)) = ".rar" Then strRARFile = strTempFolder & "\" & objAttachment.FileName objAttachment.SaveAsFile (strRARFile) 'Change "C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe" to the location where your WinRAR is installed objShell.Run Chr(34) & "C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe" & Chr(34) & " e " & Chr(34) & strRARFile & Chr(34) & " " & Chr(34) & strTargetFolderPath & Chr(34) End If Next End If End Sub Sub AttachExtractedFiles() Dim strFolderPath As String Dim strFile As String 'Attach the extracted files to the current email strFolderPath = strTargetFolderPath & "\" strFile = Dir(strFolderPath) Set objMail = Outlook.Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem While Len(strFile) > 0 objMail.attachments.Add strFolderPath & strFile strFile = Dir Wend 'Delete the .RAR attachments For Each objAttachment In objMail.attachments If LCase(Right(objAttachment.FileName, 4)) = ".rar" Then objAttachment.Delete End If Next End Sub
- After that, you need to ensure that macro is permitted in your Outlook.
- Finally you can have a try.
- Firstly, open an email which contains .RAR attachments.
- Then back to the new macro button.
- Click into “UnRARAttachments” subroutine and press F5.
- And next click into the following “AttachExtractedFiles” subroutine and press F5 key.
- After that, you can turn back to the mail window. You will see that .RAR attachments have been decompressed. All the extracted files have been attached.
Unzip .Zip Attachments in Outlook
Like decompressing the .RAR attachments, Outlook doesn’t have native features to decompress the “.zip” attachments. Therefore, if you’re unable to directly unzip the “.Zip” attachments straightly in Outlook by default. Fortunately, you still can make use of Outlook VBA to achieve this function. For more details, you can check my previous article – “How to Unzip the .Zip Attachments Directly in Outlook via VBA”.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including fix SQL Server and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com