Why can't I open attachments in Outlook Express?
Posted by Mark Vandepol on 06 May 2011 03:24 PM


For extra security, Outlook Express contains a feature that blocks all file types that have the potential of containing a virus. It does not scan the attachments, it just blocks them. If you have an up-to-date virus scanner, it is safe to turn this feature off. Here is how:

  • Open Outlook Express
  • Click on Tools
  • Click on Options
  • Click on the Security tab
  • Uncheck "do not allow attachments to be opened that might potentially contain a virus"
  • Click OK

You will now have access to any attachment that you have been sent.

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