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cant open attachments to e-mails

by wyofrog / March 28, 2006 12:45 AM PST

I have outlook express on my Dell Demension 4700c and for some reason it has decided not to let me open any attachments on my e-mails. have tried closing spam blockers and nothing has worked. even called my provider and that didnt help . Any sugestion would be greatly appreciated


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Frog, Have You Tried?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 12:50 AM PST

If you're using Internet Explorer 6/Outlook Express 6, you might check this.

Open Outlook Express, click on "Tools" in the upper left, choose "Options", then click on the "Security" tab, UNCHECK the box that says: "Don't allow attachments that could be viruses to be saved or opened". Click on "Apply", the OK, etc.

If that doesn't fix the issue, then please tell us the file extensions of the attachments which aren't opening. (The three letters after the dot in the file name, like .txt or .doc.) You may need to install the program which is associated to those file extensions.

Hope this helps.


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by wyofrog / March 28, 2006 1:31 AM PST
In reply to: Frog, Have You Tried?

the box is unchecked and it didnt make any difference. It seems that most of the messages have an Earthlink mail message . Does that help

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What Are The File Extensions Of The Attachments?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 1:37 AM PST
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And who is your ISP? Were you able to open these same attachments before?


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And tell what happens.
by Kees Bakker / March 28, 2006 4:17 AM PST
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"decided not to let me open" tells practically nothing. In OE the attachements are in a box below the subject line.
- What happens if you doubleclick on one of them?
- What happens if you right click and choose "save attachment"? Can you open it in Windows Explorer then (after going to the folder you saved it in)?
- If you send a harmless email to yourself (use Notepad to create a short text file, and attach that) can you open it after receiving the mail?


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