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    insert vs attach (2000, 2002)

    What are the pros and cons of inserting pictures into email vs attaching picture files? What about other objects (a text file, for example). If there is a concern about viruses in attachments, does embedding the information within the email reduce the chance for contamination?

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    Re: insert vs attach (2000, 2002)

    What are the pros and cons of inserting pictures into email vs attaching picture files?<font color=red> The picture becomes part of the email and is harder to share with others. The attachment stays as the same type of file, but and embedded one will be changed to a bmp and my not be able to save to disk.</font color=red>

    What about other objects (a text file, for example). <font color=red>I use plain text emails with attachments, do not like HTML type email.</font color=red>

    If there is a concern about viruses in attachments, does embedding the information within the email reduce the chance for contamination? <font color=red> scripts can be embedded in HTML type email</font color=red>

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    Re: insert vs attach (2000, 2002)

    Thanks. I'm planning an Outlook workshop for several newbies and this information will help. One more question I should have asked. Since people are warned to be careful opening email from unfamiliar senders, they worry about the preview screen. It seems as if the email is opened without any action on their parts. Do you have words of wisdom for these folks?

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    Re: insert vs attach (2000, 2002)

    Instead of a Word of Wisdom, how about a terse but questionable statement? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    "Don't use the preview screen unless you are very sure of your virus scanner capabilities."

    And guess what? I use the convenience of the preview screen and take the risk.
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    Re: insert vs attach (2000, 2002)

    I use the preview screen and NAV has taken care of all attempts to get in. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: insert vs attach (2000, 2002)

    And, I should have added, make sure the users stay current on installing all of Microsoft's security patches.
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    Re: insert vs attach (2000, 2002)

    I don't use Preview because if I accidentally Preview HTML-format spam, there is a high likelihood that image pulls will telegraph that I opened the message, thus validating my address and making my mailbox even more overfull with junk.

    Regarding pictures, the advice might differ with message format:

    Plain Text: pictures, like any other files, can only be attached and cannot be embedded or linked.

    HTML: pictures can be attached or embedded or linked; if embedding, make sure to use a lightweight, widely compatible format such as GIF/JPG/PNG, and not just paste a BMP; in Outlook 2000, embedded images may print as a Red X if SP2 and other patches have not been installed; linking makes the messages small but the recipient needs to stay online to see the picture (and the sender has to have it hosted somewhere that the recipient can access).

    Rich Text: not as widely compatible as Plain Text or HTML; pictures can be attached or embedded, but I don't think they can be linked.

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