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Q1:I'd rather not edit the Registry to access attachments that Outlook blocks. What other ways can I use to get blocked attachments?
A1: Other than telling the sender to resend the attachments, either in a zipped file or with a changed extension, hacking the Registry is one of the easiest ways to access blocked attachments. If you don't want to edit the Registry yourself, use Attachment Options (http://www.slovaktech.com/attachmentoptions.htm).

Another easy way is to import the message to Outlook Express (OE) after moving the message to a new folder. Use the import option in OE to import just that one folder. If you use OE 6, you must disable its attachment block in Tools, Security or choose Forward and save the attachment.

If you use Exchange Server, speak with your administrator. She can configure Exchange to enable you access to the attachments.

For a complete list of the methods available to access blocked attachments, check out http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/esecup/getexe.htm.

Q2:I'd like to edit a Word document and have the attachment updated, but it doesn't seem to work for me all the time.
A2: When you want to update an attachment, make sure that you open the message—don't open the attachment from the Reading Pane. Don't close the message until the document is saved and closed, and then save and close the message. Don't right-click on the message and choose View Attachments; doing so opens files with the Read Only flag set. If the document is zipped, you should leave the zip archive opened as well.


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