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    Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    What do I need to do so I can actually use shortcuts I create in Outlook tasks??
    I have these nice little shortcuts to our server saved in tasks reminding me to do things, but Good Ol' Outlook says they're dangerous, so I have to save them to disk first. sigh.

    Thanks. (I tried to search for this answer, but damned if I could find it.)

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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    These nice little shortcuts are shortcuts to files on the server, or to items in an Exchange folder? If you are saving paths, you could try pasting them in UNC notation in the task description, such as <serversharefoldermy memo to finish.doc>, and use that to open the document. (In plain text e-mail that becomes a clickable link; not sure about in tasks.)

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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    Yup, that works - Thanks.
    But WHY can't I use features that MS provide? WHat's the point of being able to add a damned shortcut if it gets deactivated. sigh.

    Is there no way to choose save extensions - remove them from "type 2" as well as "type 1"??
    I reckon an lnk file to my own Lan is pretty safe!

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    > Is there no way to choose save extensions - remove them from "type 2" as well as "type 1"??

    Good question: I haven't researched this, but maybe someone who has can tell us whether that is possible.

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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    According to <!mskb=290497>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 290497<!/mskb>,
    <hr>NOTE: You can only change the list of files that are included in the Level 2 category if you are using Outlook in an Exchange environment and your mail is being delivered to an Exchange mailbox. An administrator must make these changes.<hr>
    So there...

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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    Thanks Hans, (in a manner) ;-)
    I'd seen that but hoped it was typical softie speak - don't tell em anything they dont have to know....

    I seem to have this recurent question in my life .. ."why the hell DO I use this crazy complicated over-engineered program" but then I still haven't found a better total solution to my PIM, email requirements... sigh.

    I wish I could use a mac for work.....

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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    Everything I've read about this says that it's not 'softie speak' - there really seems to be no way to manipulate the Level2 list unless you're an Exchange administrator. Outlook itself simply does not provide for it.

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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    Ken Slovak's Attachment Options will allow the user to move file types from Level 1 to Level 2 but won't do anything with Level 2 file types. I have used this tool in OL 2000 and XP but for some reason, I can't get it to work in 2003. It is a com add-in and it works the first time after it is installed, but on the subsequent opening of OL, it has been disabled. Any thoughts on this?
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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    I don't have Outlook 2003, but do you have the most recent version of Attachment Options? It is now at version 1.8.15 (click the About button in the Attachment Security and Options tab of Tools | Options...)

    Are you on Exchange Server? The Exchange admin might have disabled it.

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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    Yes, I have the latest version, and I am not on Exchange Server (standalone). It's not a critical issue, but just wondered if anyone else has experienced this behaviour.
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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    It seems to work for us on OL2003 recently attached to a 5.5 server and now a 2003 server.

    Version 1.8.6

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    Re: Allowing Attachments in Outlook XP (XP SP3)

    Thanks Jim. Maybe I'll give it another try.
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