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Hi Forum,

I currently want to write a script that will download the emails from my gmail account and store them on my hard drive in form of text messages. Text file name will have date followed by title of the email and the email body will be the text body. Then I will write my scripts to monitor and inspect emails and post process the data.

Anyone can suggest an easy way to achieve this?

Maybe it has to be done indirectly via first having an email client that tracks my gmail account and downloads emails to hard drive such as Outlook?

Will be very thankful for any suggestions on how to tackle this.


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If you are going to use Outlook as your email client (which it sounds like you're open to) check out OutlookEX UDF in the Examples forum. You can use _OL_ItemSave to save a mail item to a specified path.

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