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How to Get Access to Blocked Attachments in Outlook

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Just because Outlook is paranoid need not mean you cannot save, open and use attachments it deems "dangerous". All it takes is the right key. A registry key.

Get Access to Blocked Attachments in Outlook

To gain access to blocked attachments in Outlook:

  • Select Run... from the Start menu.
  • Type "regedit".
  • Hit Return.
  • Travel down to this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\­­Software\­­Microsoft\­­Office\­­12.0\­­Outlook\­­Security.
    • Go to ...\­Office\­­11.0\­­Outlook\... for Outlook 2003 and
    • ...\­Office\­­10.0\­­Outlook\... for Outlook 2002.
  • Add a new string value called "Level1Remove".
  • Make its value a list of allowed file extensions separated by semicolons.
    • For example, "exe;url" allows access to executables and Internet shortcuts.

Instead of editing the Windows registry directly, you can also use the Attachments Options Outlook add-on.

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