September 20, 2011

How to Unlock Attachment Restriction in Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook has been designed to allow users send or receive. Most of the users find it really annoying when they cannot download the attachments sent to them in Outlook. Every time you try to download an attachment, it shows an error message like ‘Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments: click file.exe’. Well, security is definitely a good practice, but it may irritate users like anything, especially when they know that the file is sent from a trusted source. Don’t worry! The below mentioned guide will help download and access the desired attachments in Outlook without problems. However it is still advised that users follow the instructions carefully to avoid facing common Microsoft Outlook problems. Doing so will also save you from calling up Microsoft outlook support for help.

Steps to Unlock Attachment Restriction in Microsoft Outlook

•    Unblocking attachments requires a key to be added to the Windows Registry Editor. Follow the below mentioned procedure to do so.

•    Close the Outlook window if it is opened. Click on the "Start" menu and navigate to "Run". When the Run window opens, type ‘regedit’ (without quotes and as is) in the respective box, and press "Enter" on the keyboard.

•    This will open up the Registry Editor window. Click on the ‘+’ sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER and then navigate to Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Security. Click on the Edit tab at the top, click New from the dropdown menu, and then select String Value. Give a name to the value like Level1Remove. When done, right click on Level1Remove and then select Modify from the dropdown menu. Now type the extensions like .bat or .exe etc. (separated by a comma or semicolon) and then click on the OK button to close the window. Close the Registry Editor window.

•    Reopen Outlook and check whether you can download the blocked attachments or not. You should be able to do so without encountering any error message. You can also adjust the level of security (Junk email filter settings) in Outlook so as to make it aware of a particular message’s behavior.

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