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A lot of times I need to be able to look at .reg, .vbs, .vb, etc - attachments that people send me via email. I don't go haphazardly running them, but I need to at least be able to save them to disk and drag them into my text editor. Here's how to make the changes in Vista to prevent Outlook 2007 from blocking these files. Note that with these changes, you still won't be able to just double-click on the attachment and run it (this is good), you'll have to save it to disk first.

  1. Make sure you really want to do this, it could be dangerous. :)

  2. Pick up the Office 2007 Administrative Templates.

  3. From MMC, add the Local Computer Policy snap-in, and go to User Configuration->Administrative Templates. Right click and add the new Office 2007 administrative templates that you downloaded.

  4. From there, go to Classic Administrative Templates (ADM)->Microsoft Office Outlook 2007->Security->Security Form Settings. Edit the properties of Outlook Security Mode to enable and choose which type you want. In my example I am using Group Policy settings.

  5. Go to Security Form Settings->Attachment Security, there you can enable display of level 1 attachments.
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 1:28 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: How to prevent Outlook 2007 from blocking unsafe attachments

# re: How to prevent Outlook 2007 from blocking unsafe attachments
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Thanx Dude! You're a star. After our Mail Marshal quarantined my mail because there was some vb.Net code attached, I had to get it released. Then Outlook blocked it again.
Security can sometimes be a bastard.
Left by NO37 on Oct 16, 2007 11:40 AM

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I've done all this and verified "display of level 1 attachments" are enabled but still I cannot save it to disk. What else could be blocking it?
Left by Nick on Nov 18, 2008 2:43 PM

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Thanks a lot! Worked like charm... So stupid you can't just change this in the normal options window...
Left by Tommy on Feb 26, 2010 5:04 AM

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Perhaps they don't put this option in the normal window because loads of people not knowing what they do would be able to put this option and corrupt their systems in not time flat !
Left by Dan on Sep 29, 2010 11:26 AM

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