A Short List Of Handy Free Microsoft Outlook Downloads

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 20, 2011
Updated • Dec 26, 2012
Email, Microsoft Outlook, Windows software

While I'm a Thunderbird user at heart, I run Microsoft Outlook as well on all of my computer systems. I have tested and worked with dozens of third party Outlook tools over the past years of which a few have proven to be very useful.

This article offers a short but handy list of Microsoft Outlook downloads that put the messaging software to the next level. The following seven programs are partially third party tools and partially add-ins. I have added a short description to each listing, a screenshot, a link to a previous review here on Ghacks and a link to the developer website.

Microsoft Outlook Mail Statistics

outlook stats view

One area where Outlook could need some improvement is statistics and information. That's changed by the portable third party tool Outlook Stats View by one of my favorite Windows developers Nirsoft. It basically scans all emails and displays information about all users that emails have been send to or received from. Very handy for a top ten listing of your most important email partners. [homepage]

Outlook Password Recovery

outlook password recovery

Outlook data is stored in pst files which use a weak encryption. The free Outlook Password Recovery software can retrieve the passwords so that it is possible to access the data if the original password has been forgotten or lost. [homepage]

Microsoft Outlook Temp Cleaner

outlook temp file cleaner

Email attachments are automatically stored in a temp file by Microsoft Outlook. This can be problematic for a number of reasons, including security, privacy and the notorious can't create file errors. The temporary files cleaner can be used to delete the files with the click of a button. That's handy if you do not want to hunt down the folder that is used by Outlook on the system. [homepage]

Microsoft Outlook Email Compression

outlook email compression

This is an Outlook add-in that can reduce the size of the Outlook inbox by compressing threads. It basically removes redundant information from the threads. Only really useful if the inbox quota has been set to a very low level in your office. [homepage]

Outlook Blocked Attachment Unlocker

outlook email attachment unblocker

Outlook blocks certain email attachments by default for email security. This includes for instance executable files. Users who do not need those extra security protection in Outlook, for instance if they are running a security software that includes an email scanner. This program can be used to remove the filter from specific file types that are otherwise blocked by the email client. [homepage]

Microsoft Outlook Attachment Extractor

outlook attachment remover

Attachments take up valuable space. One trick to cope with that is to extract attachments from Outlook to free up space. This is again helpful mostly in corporate offices with email quotas, but can be handy on home PCs as well if the hard drive is not to big. You can use this program to extract attachments from Outlook emails. This moves the attachments to one of the computer's hard drives. It is possible to link to those files in the emails so that no information are lost. [homepage]

Microsoft Outlook Mail Attachment Recovery

outlook attachment restore

It can happen that you delete an email or attachment that you did not want to delete. This program tries to recover previously deleted email attachments. It uses the temporary folder that Outlook uses to store email attachments in. It the attachment is still in the folder it is recoverable. [homepage]

Did I miss a tool? Let me know in the comments.


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  1. Mike said on December 19, 2012 at 8:09 am


    I also get this message when I send out my 150 newsletters with an attachment from a client database. At the 100th iteration, the same message pops up and I have to start the process over from my 100th recipient. Rather than have to delete the secure outlook temp folder would it be possible to increase the 100 like-named-attachment restriction? I’d like to push it up to 200 or 300.

    If this is possible, it might make a nice addition to your Outlook Tools.


  2. Bolden said on August 1, 2011 at 3:14 am

    There is an easy transfer tool provided by MS for Xp to Win7 (and I think it does Win7 to Win7).

    I used it for Xp to Win7, worked great!


  3. Bill said on July 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I recommend PocketKnife Peek @ http://www.xintercept.com/peek/pkpeek.htm.

  4. TechBuzzard said on July 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Martin, a very good post for Outlook users.

    I would like to add here another Outlook add-on called Xobni. Xobni (inbox when spelled reverse ) is the one of the best add-on I have ever had for Outlook. It indexes all the emails that are received through Outlook and creates a complete profile for each person you have communicated with. The statistics and information that you get from Xobni is very helpful. Moreover, the search facility is really good.

    I have been using Xobni for a couple of years now and it has been the most used Outlook add-on.

    The link to Xobni is: http://www.xobni.com/

    Among other add-ons that I use are the attachment remover and sender’s time.

  5. sulasno said on July 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    nice; would be nicer if there is a list for Excel and Word

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