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Manage blocked attachments in Outlook: get access to them or block wanted file types

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By default Microsoft Outlook blocks attachment types that are considered to be insecure for use. This is done for security reasons – similar files may contain viruses. However, it sometimes happens that you fully realize the potential danger of using insecure file types, but you must necessarily gain access to them. The standard means of Microsoft Outlook doesn’t allow that. But Attachment Processor has a separate Outlook addon included in it – Blocked Attachments Manager. With the help of it you can manage which file types must be considered “dangerous” and must be blocked, and which – “secure” and the access to them must be allowed.

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Example of component use

When you receive a message that contains some dangerous file, this Outlook addon will inform you about it with the following notification:

In order to allow suing blocked file types, launch the component Blocked Attachments Manager (Tools --> Attachment Processor --> Tools --> Blocked Attachments Settings) and in the settings window mark the file types that you want to have access to:

After making changes you should restart Microsoft Outlook for them to be applied. Open Microsoft Outlook and you will see that now you have access to the file types that have been blocked before:

The Blocked Attachments Manager component is on of the three addons included into the program Attachments Processor for Outlook. You can learn more about other program components and download the trial version at the Attachments Processor for Outlook product page.

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I have been using Attachments Processor for my corporate email and given me countless hours of productivity back. Given the number of document-heavy projects I work on with people outside of our company, my gigabyte quota would only get me through about three months of email. With Attachments Processor, I can now keep two years of email in my inbox because the attachments are stored in My Documents. In addition to enabling me to keep project correspondence together on the email server instead of scattered across PSTs, I have saved many wasted project hours on the onerous job of sorting, archiving and deleting email just so the flow of critical project documentation isn't locked down by quota restrictions. It's amazing how much this automation has improved my productivity!

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