Annoying Outlook XP feature

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  1. Darren Lewis

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    I've just upgraded to Outlook XP (MS were running a 50% cash back offer on Office XP last month [​IMG] ) and it's got this new feature which I find really annoying.
    Whenever I try to send an internet page link by email - by clicking file -> send -> link by email in IE6, outlook keeps saying that it has "blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments...." How can I stop it doing this?
    Other than that, Office XP is very good. Sure beats my old Office 97.
     
  2. Shayne Lebrun

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    Why not just put the URL in the text of the email?
     
  3. Larry Seno Jr.

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    Not as easy, I would LOVE to hear how to stop blocking potentially unsafe attachments, as this has foiled me NUMEROUS TIMES!
     
  4. Iain Lambert

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    To blockquote Q291387 of the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

     
  5. Larry Seno Jr.

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    OK

    A)Putting the URL in isn't a "Better Idea" that's what you want to do. That's not what I want to do, and that's not what Darren wants to do.

    B)That help is for Outlook Express, a program which doesn't do what we are talking about, it's something intrinsic to Outlook XP.
     
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  8. Dave F

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    Pasting the URL is a better idea - it achieves the same result, while offering greater compatibility between OS'es and email programs, as well as avoiding the security headache of attachments.
    Unfortunately, MS chose a backasswards route to implement such a relatively easy function as forwarding a link.
    They even recognized the problem in Q291506:
     
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    Sorry about using the Outlook Express instructions rather than the Outlook ones; thats what happens when you rush your help. I stand by my recommendation to only send the text of the link, as Dave's quote shows Microsoft agree with me, and more importantly a plaintext link still works when emailing Mac, Unix, Linux, BSD, BeOS etc. owners.
     
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  12. Darren Lewis

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    Chad Ellinger [​IMG]
    Thanks for that link. I followed the instructions and can now easily send a link by email using Outlook XP.
    As regards receiving rogue attachments, I'm very careful with my personal email address (have a couple of online junk ones for spam), and if I don't recognise the person who's sending me an email, I don't open the attachments.
    Thanks.
    Darren.
     
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  15. Shayne Lebrun

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    So many people forget that 15 years ago, it was the various commercial UNIXes that were being hit by new viruses and compromises once a week, and were doing BLOODY STUPID things like granting root access to anybody who telneted to, say, SendMail and typed 'debug.'
     

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