An attachment with a vcf file extension is a little calling card that comes along with some people’s email. Presumably, I can use that information to update my contacts quickly and easily. I’m not sure which email programs have this on by default, but I don’t think Outlook does. If it did, I would remember turning it off and I think I would be getting a ton more emails with vcf attachments.
It seems like an OK idea, but I have a few problems with it. First, Janet sent me 15 emails today (because it’s part of her job) and each one contained this attachment. If her personal information isn’t changing every 10 minutes, I don’t need that many cards. If it is, I don’t care. But the vcf file is only about 1/4 of a KB, so what’s the big deal. Two big deals:
Sometimes I use the little paperclip as a visual indicator to help me find a particular email. If I know that Janet sent me an attachment this morning, I can scan Janet’s emails and only read the subjects of the emails that have a paperclip. Except that all of her emails have the paperclip.
The other big deal, and the thing that pushed me to action, was using my macro to open Outlook attachments. I changed my code to always open the last attachment because embedded images show up first when you read in plain text, as I do. The vcf file, however, shows up last, so it screws me all up.
Anywho, I created this code to automatically delete a vcf attachment if one comes in. The code is in the ThisOutlookSession module and used the NewMail event to run whenever mail is received.
Dim mi As MailItem
Dim att As Attachment
For Each mi In Me.GetNamespace(“MAPI”).GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Items
If mi.Unread Then
If mi.Attachments.Count > 0 Then
For Each att In mi.Attachments
If Right$(att.FileName, 4) = “.vcf” Then
I’m not sure how to only deal with the new messages, so I process the whole Inbox. That’s not a big deal for me because I keep my Inbox clean, but it may be for you. I also assume there will not be more than on vcf attachment, which I think is pretty safe. If I had to deal with more than one attachment, I’d need to change that inner loop to something like
Set att = mi.Attachments.Item(I)
‘do the rest
When you delete stuff from a collection, it’s always a good idea to work from the bottom up. Once I deal with the first vcf attachment, I exit the loop, so it’s not an issue for this application.
I’m sure there are some bugs I haven’t discovered, like when I get something in my inbox that’s not a MailItem object, but I’ll deal with those as they come. For now, I’m happy to be free of all those paperclips.