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    URL addresses (XP SP2)

    Folks

    The latest Woody's WINDOWS Watch suggests in its phishing article that you can 'hover' over a URL link and see the actual address.

    How?
    In my version of Outlook with either the preview pane, or the mail message double-clicked, all I get is the handpointer icon and no decoding of the URL anywhere I can see.
    What do I expect to see, and where?

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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    You and Woody have more confidence than me in your filters and anti-virus software. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    It sounds like you don't have your status bar enabled.

    Try going to a Preview Pane view. Then choose View on the main menu and - after the menu auto-hide has dropped out - make sure you've got Status Bar checked. You should then see the actual link in the Status Bar when you hover over the typed URL.

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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    unkamunka

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    Status bar is selected and shows me things like counts of items and progress on send/receive - still no joy with URL display though.

    As an aside <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> - I didn't say I 'clicked' the URL's - my goal is to be able to see what address they are (even from the good guys). I'd always wondered why it wasn't provided in Outlook - and now find its something to do with my configuration - surprise surprise.

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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    It may be something to do with your security settings. If the link is live, then the URL shows in the Preview Pane.

    There have been instances of virus/trojan/phone home activity where all that was required was that the message was viewed in the Preview Pane. Woody himself has mentioned this. In terms of harm to your computer, this has been very rare. OTOH there is word of virtually invisible image links that can tell a spammer that an address is genuine. In that context, various email packages have started introducing an option to block all external links (which can make reading some HTML mail rather difficult). <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    I have similarly failed to find a way display the url/mailto: in HTML emails.
    The only method I have found is to left-click and hold the link, then drag it to the subject line and release it. This displays the full url without activating it. (I hope!)

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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    Once again, thanks unkamunka.

    I've included a picture of the screen. While the mousepointer does not show - it is a hand, hovering over the URL link.
    I cannot see anything strange with any of my settings.
    I'm running both AVG anit-virus, and 'Junk-Out' anti-spam package. As always, I'm sure that these cannot be causing it <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>.

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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    Learn something new everyday! Nice one, Leif <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>
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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    Andrew, I don't know what more to suggest. Perhaps you could try to use Leif's method. This works with opened - rather than Preview Pane - messages.
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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    Hi

    When I upgraded from Office 2000 to XP I noticed the fact that the preview URL in status bar no longer worked.

    I have checked all my security settings with no luck. I run 2000 on my work desktop and XP on my personal laptop, so I can directly compare the two.

    I have caught a comment from a member of the Outlook Newsgroup that says that it is available in OE but not Outlook, but I KNOW it is available in Outlook2000!

    Status bar enabled, preview pane turned on, no URL. I don't like the hassle of having to copy and paste any shortcut just to see if it is a phishing scam, or even a place that I do or dont want to visit...

    Anyone got any solutions?

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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    Look again at <!profile=Leif>Leif<!/profile>'s suggestion in <post#=277811>post 277811</post#>. It's not copy and paste. Another alternative is to right-click and choose View Source.
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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    I read Liefs original message and carried out his instructions, so I stand totally by my initial post. How about re-reading my initial post and that of AndrewO to understand our first 'gripe'.

    Okay, not Cut & Paste, Drag & Drop then. Amounts to the same thing.

    Totally more effort than 'hover and see' in preview pane.

    Three major actions (open email, drag link, drop on subject line) to Lief's solution. One minor one (hover over link in preview pane), with absolutely none extra if you want to carry on reading the mail with Outlook2000's original URL view in status bar. You have to enact at least two more to return to your inbox with Lief's solution (click close, click 'no' on 'do you want to save changes').

    No dig at Lief, ain't his fault, kudos for digging it out and posting it as the only solution to our niggle.

    I dev in HTML, and even then I want something easier than scrolling through the various forms of HTML thrown up by no good WYSIWYG editors (like Word, pah) just to check whether the email I got was from PayPal or eBay rather than some phishing pondlife, especially with the latest IE 'secret character' scam.

    Works like a Dream (pun intended) in Outlook2000

    Works like my Triumph Herald in Outlook XP (meaning, works like a 36 year old, under junk in garage, classic of British automotive engineering; it doesn't)

    Any other solutions?

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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    The only thing I can offer is the attached LinkLister macro, which will pop up a Note with a list of all the links and their associated visible text (or the associated image file name). The links in the Note are editable and clickable, so you can remove tracking information before clicking. Does that offset the inconvenience of having to click a button or use a shortcut key to run it? (Maybe not, but it's all I've got.)

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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    Sounds like it is at least better than wot I got!

    Now is your chance to shoot me as a Noob. How the F do I use it?

    I have searched around, but not come up with any simple instructions on actually using VBA stuff that I know is safe (making a slight assumption, but I am guessing that anything downloaded from wopr.com is safe), all I have found out is that .bas extensions could be malware, not how to use .bas that is okay...

    Can you help?

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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    Try looking at the opening steps of <!post=this post,239969>this post<!/post> for a "how to" description of setting up an Outlook code Module.

    On "shoot me as a Noob", as it says in our Rules: "The Lounge is meant to be a place for friendly conversation." Generally speaking, we are all here to learn more and share about things we are interested in; not to show off. Very, very rarely do we have to caution people for using unfriendly language.

    HTH
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    Re: URL addresses (XP SP2)

    Thanks Unka...

    Still a couple of extra steps, but I guess if I am really unsure it is merely a couple of keystrokes.

    Cheers to the both of you from this Noob!

    Keiran

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