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  SOLVED: Can't Disable Auto-open Attachments in Outlook Express 
 
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john albrich Jan 25, 2011, 11:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 26, 2011, 10:08pm EST

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Maybe it's just the pain meds today, but what am I forgetting here?

How do I stop Outlook Express from Auto-opening Attachments?
This is just frustrating. I've never had this problem before.

I just had to reinstall WinXP Pro SP3 from scratch to a system.
But something major changed in Outlook Express.

EVERY email that has an attachment, opens the attachment and puts it in the same window as the email.

For example, if there is a .jpg attachment, it looks like this

Email Window
================================================
[address info]

This is the message in the email. Yadda yadda yadda.

-----------------separator line-----------------------

[ .jpg image ]
================================================

The ONLY way I've been able to keep the .jpg from being displayed is to check the box for

[x] "Read all messages in plain text" (in Tools>>Options>>Read panel)

Which I NEVER had to do before. And, it makes the emails look like crap.

I have already tried checking (in the Tools>>Options>>Security panel)
[x] Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail
[x] Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus

I also have UNchecked
[ ] Show preview pane (in the View>>Layout panel)


And, when I went to search on this problem, the only answers I've seen are
"Outlook Express does not auto-open attachments"

Well, it's clearly now doing SOMETHING with them all of a sudden. It's definitely automatically getting them from the server, accessing them, parsing them, and then displaying them.


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habs fan Jan 26, 2011, 09:39pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can't Disable Auto-open Attachments in Outlook Express
Looks like you'll have to edit the registry. Try this:

http://email.about.com/od/outlookexpressreading/qt/et_inline_off.htm

I haven't tried it, so I don't know if it works. It's probably the result of on of Microsoft's "Awesome" security fixes. :(

john albrich Jan 26, 2011, 10:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 26, 2011, 10:16pm EST

 
>> Re: Can't Disable Auto-open Attachments in Outlook Express

THANKS! IT WORKS.

That did the trick perfectly. Some XP update must have changed the way Outlook Express registry parameters are created and initialized to cause this new behavior.

Also, what truly bizarre wording for the new Registry DWord the help article had me create.

"Automatically Inline Images"

I gotta wonder who named THAT one? I never would have thought to search the internet for "inline" or "images" while researching this problem....since it had to do with attachments of all types...not just images.

The fix also seems to prevent "inline" loading of attachments that aren't images...at least the ones I've tried so far.

I guess this is a new verb...
inline (v); "to inline something", "inlining", "inlined"
examples:
He is inlining that paragraph into the main document.
He will inline that paragraph into the document.

and my favorite...
He inlined himself into the line of people standing in line.

~Vel Jan 27, 2011, 01:19am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 27, 2011, 01:20am EST

 
>> Re: SOLVED: Can't Disable Auto-open Attachments in Outlook Express
Yet another reason to hate the registry.

I'm asking this because I don't know, not to be cynical; why is it necessary that it's so f**king huge, & what would the alternatives be instead of having a registry? Or is it technically okay and just needs a reorganization and naming scheme?

Joshua Marius, LeThe Jan 28, 2011, 04:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: SOLVED: Can't Disable Auto-open Attachments in Outlook Express
Wish I would have seen the post before you had to re-install XP. I had a lot of people call me up with this problem and I had the solution in my library :) It's a very annoying problem.

Seems like everybody I switch to Thunderbird is more than happy though.

Joshua Marius
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john albrich Jan 28, 2011, 06:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: SOLVED: Can't Disable Auto-open Attachments in Outlook Express
Joshua Marius, LeThe said:
Wish I would have seen the post before you had to re-install XP. I had a lot of people call me up with this problem and I had the solution in my library :) It's a very annoying problem.

I'm afraid I don't understand your "before you had to re-install XP" statement.

The Outlook Express problem had nothing to do with my decision to re-install the OS. This blip in Outlook Express appeared only after I had re-installed the OS. All XP updates had been slipstreamed into the install, so I'm pretty sure this new OE "inlining" feature was included thanks to some obscure Windows update over the years that I'd previously decided to not install on this system.

The reason I intentionally do not use Thunderbird on this system is I have a LOT of quite complicated OE email handling rules that have served me very well, and they never import intact into Tbird, though I've looked at a few suggested workarounds.*

I am very interested if you have a way to successfully import all OE email rules into Thunderbird. (I don't care about "news" rules).

I use Tbird on other systems, and have recommended it to others. It has always been my intention to switch to Tbird over time on this system...but I've been waiting on an OE rules importing capability that would make this a simple and reliable task.

AFAIK, OE rules still don't import into Tbird (thru Tbird 3.1), although it has been a known issue at Mozilla for many years. In the meantime, OE has been sufficient on this system and does what I need it to do, so IMO it's not worth the time and effort to manually recreate all my OE rules just so I can use Tbird.


*One possible work-around I've read about involves installing Eudora, importing your OE rules into Eudora, then installing Thunderbird and importing the imported Eudora rules into Thunderbird. In my experience, double conversions like that are usually kludgy and can introduce other problems that jeopardize data integrity. I have not tried it and am very leery of it.

Joshua Marius, LeThe Jan 31, 2011, 09:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: SOLVED: Can't Disable Auto-open Attachments in Outlook Express

Can't say that I have tried importing the rules. I guess you must have tons that you don't feel like re-writing.

Give us an update if you find a way that works out.

Joshua Marius
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