Opening Mail Attachment in Outlook | Don’t Always Ask, Just Open It!

When double clicking on an attachment I get a message if I would like open or save the file. I would like to open it but I don’t want to answer this question again.

There is an option which says “Always ask before opening this type of file” which I want to turn off but can’t since it is greyed out. I was able to turn this off on Windows XP but I cannot do this on Windows 7.

How can I enable this checkbox and get rid of the prompt when opening my attachment?

Starting Outlook as an administrator:

Hold SHIFT on your keyboard and right click on the Outlook shortcut-> choose Run as Administrator-> press Continue or provide the logon credentials for an Administrator.

Now when you open the attachment you can deselect the option “Always ask before opening this type of file”.

Restart Outlook to have it run safely in user mode again.


2 Responses to “Opening Mail Attachment in Outlook | Don’t Always Ask, Just Open It!”

  1. Batman Says:

    Da na na na, I am paranoid man, here to make your life more complicated and scary.

    For advanced users opening an attachment from within email isn’t as hazardous as it is for your run of the mill grandma who needs saving. For grandma’s and Sheila, you should save your attachment to your computer, then scan it with your anti-virus software before opening it. This will save you from someone socially engineering you to open an executable attachment.

    For really smart grandma’s that don’t need hand holding like paranoid man suggests do this. Create a shortcut to the outlook.exe file within the ms office folder instead of using the office install generated shortcut using the clsid. Right click the shortcut, select the shortcut tab, click the advanced button and check the box labeled run as administrator. You can now pin this shortcut to your taskbar instead of the outlook one, or put in on your desktop. Everytime you use this shortcut you will be prompted to elevate your privileges.

    • Annie B. Says:

      OMG! Sheila! Gawd I haven’t heard that in forever. LOL

      You’re right of course… We shouldn’t just arbitrarily have them open up any file attachment freely. I guess I was being selfish, just thinking about how I make it easy for myself and not grandma’s and Sheila’s!

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