Opening Blocked Attachments in Live Mail or Outlook

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Make sure Windows Live Mail lets you access all attachments you receive.

Too Much Security?

In a laudable attempt to increase security and prevent virus and worm infections, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express prevent you from opening or saving (!) attachments that it thinks may contain harmful code.

Often, this level of security is a bit too much of a good thing. Fortunately, you can regain access to all attachments in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express.

Open Blocked Attachments in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To stop Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express from controlling your access to email attachments:

  1. In Windows Live Mail 2012:
    1. Click File.
    2. Select Options | Safety options… from the menu that has appeared.
  2. In Windows Live Mail:
    1. Select Tools | Safety options… from the menu.
  3. In Windows Mail or Outlook Express:
    1. Select Tools | Options… from the menu.
  4. Go to the Security tab.
  5. Make sure Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus is not checked.
  6. Click OK.

Scan Those Same Attachments for Viruses, Too

Of course, you want to be both free in what you open and safe at the same time. So make sure you do have virus protection in place.

(Updated June 2016, tested with Windows Live Mail 2012)

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