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Managing email attachments in Microsoft Outlook Express

Learn more about opening email attachments and how to keep your computer secure.


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Opening email attachments in Outlook Express

When you receive a message in Microsoft® Outlook® Express that contains an attachment, you'll see a paperclip (Paperclip attachment icon) to the left of the message.

You might see the attachment within the body of an email or near the bottom of the message window.

Attachments aren't a threat to your computer if you don't open or save them. We recommend you don't open attachments or other files from anyone you don't know and trust. We also recommend that you have an antivirus program on your system and the program's virus list (.dat files) is up to date before opening any attachments.

Allow or disallow attachments to be opened and saved
  1. Open Outlook Express.
  2. On the Tools menu, select Options.
  3. Select the Security tab.
  4. Under Virus Protection, you’ll see the option Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus. Do one of the following:
    • To allow attachments to be opened and saved, uncheck the box next to the option.
    • To not allow attachments to be opened and saved, check the box next to the option.
  5. Select OK.

Open an attachment
  1. Open Outlook Express.
  2. Open the email.
  3. Double-click the attachment.

Save an attachment
  1. Open Outlook Express.
  2. Open the email.
  3. On the File menu, Select Save Attachments.
  4. In the Save To field, specify the folder you want to save the attachments to.
  5. Select Save.

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