Save Outlook Emails to Local Drive using VBA code step by step

Save Outlook Emails to Local Drive using VBA code step by step

Save Mails

In Outlook, sometimes you want to backup or save your emails to your local drive. What if amount of emails is in thousands? Ahh!!!!, No worries, in this PoC I will be giving an automated way to backup or save your outlook emails for a specific folder to your local drive.

Code example

Public Sub SaveOutlookMessage()
    Dim oPathToSave As String
    'Where all messages will be saved
    oPathToSave = "C:\Users\Downloads\Blogs\msg\"
    Dim folderName As String
    'Folder name in outlook from which all message will be retrived
    folderName = "Advertise"
    'Outlook application object declaration
    Dim oApp As Outlook.Application
    'bind current outlook instance
    Set oApp = GetObject("", "Outlook.Application")
    'Get MAPI Folder
    Dim oNameSpace As Namespace
    Set oNameSpace = oApp.GetNamespace("MAPI")
    'Get Advertise folder
    Dim oFolder As MAPIFolder
    Set oFolder = oNameSpace.Folders.Item(1).Folders(folderName)
    'Iterate each item
    Dim oMailItem As MailItem
    For Each oMailItem In oFolder.Items
        'Save item
        Dim oNameToSave As String
        'Remove illegal chars
        oNameToSave = RemoveIllegalChar(oMailItem.Subject)
        'Save mail
        oMailItem.SaveAs oPathToSave & oNameToSave & ".msg"
    Next oMailItem
    If Not oMailItem Is Nothing Then
        Set oMailItem = Nothing
    End If
    If Not oFolder Is Nothing Then
        Set oFolder = Nothing
    End If
    If Not oNameSpace Is Nothing Then
        Set oNameSpace = Nothing
    End If
    If Not oApp Is Nothing Then
        Set oApp = Nothing
    End If
End Sub

Supporting Function

Function RemoveIllegalChar(oInput As String)
    Dim RegX            As Object
    Set RegX = CreateObject("vbscript.regexp")
    RegX.Pattern = "[\" & Chr(34) & "\!\@\#\$\%\^\&\*\(\)\=\+\|\[\]\{\}\`\'\;\:\<\>\?\/\,]"
    RegX.IgnoreCase = True
    RegX.Global = True
    RemoveIllegalChar = RegX.Replace(oInput, "")
    If Err.Number <> 0 Then
        Set RegX = Nothing
    End If
End Function


In this example we will be reading “Advertise” folder which has couple of emails inside, which we will save in a local drive path. To format name we have taken mail subject as file name which we will be cleaning with a supported function as given above using RegEx.


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