Microsoft® Outlook blocking attachments
Suggestions for resolving the problem of attachments being blocked in Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook application is an e-mail program that helps the user to manage various e-mail accounts through a single platform. The user may receive e-mails and messages from various senders in the Microsoft Outlook application inbox. The e-mails may be plain texts or includes attachments like files or other folders. In some aspects, the Microsoft Outlook application blocks the various attachments that are included with the e-mails. From the security point of view, Microsoft Outlook will monitor the data coming into the application and will block those that are found doubtful. Thus the user receives alert messages like "Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments". Yet another reason for the Microsoft Outlook application to block the attachments is to reduce the size of the mail box.
The following points offer some tips to fix such issues in Microsoft Outlook:
- Disable the attachment blocking option
- Change the name of the blocked attachments
- Change the security settings
Disable the attachment blocking option
The user can disable the blocking of the attachments through Microsoft Outlook settings if the attachments are blocked due to the over size of the files. Open the Microsoft Outlook application window and select the 'Tools' menu from the toolbar at the top of the window. Then choose the 'Options' tab from the window. In the 'Options' tab window, select the 'Mail delivery' option. In the mail delivery page uncheck the following option 'Don’t download messages larger than x KB'.
Change the name of the blocked attachments
The Microsoft Exchange server blocks the attachments on the Microsoft Outlook application due to security aspects. The user can overcome such blocking of the attachments by renaming the file extension of the e-mail attachments. For that the user should either ask the sender to compress the files or to rename the file name extension and resend the file. The compressed files will be renamed as .zip files and the sender can rename the file as .doc or any other extension.
The security settings are configured by the administrator of the specific e-mail servers depending upon the e-mail accounts used by the user. If the user has configured a Microsoft Exchange Server, then inform the administrator to change the security settings for the e-mail account. Do the same process with the other clients too and thus the user can unblock the attachments.
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