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    Attachments (OE 6.0)

    Suddenly OE has decided that all mail ATTACHMENTS are defective in some way, and treats the attachment as if appended to the text. Attachments that formerly went through as attachments are now shown as appended. I've examined proposed attachments for virus (none found), and have the security level recommended for Internet traffic. Running Norton AV for incoming and outgoing messages, and the rest of the Norton package. (new machine came with it)

    Is there some OE setting that I can't find that will correct this?

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    Re: Attachments (OE 6.0)

    Ladimer,

    Don't know if this is it or not but the first that comes to mind is:
    Open OE>options>Security,
    Uncheck, "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could be a virus"

    Maybe, Maybe not?
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    Re: Attachments (OE 6.0)

    That setting is a good place to start. But a few questions might shed some light.

    Are the attachments all of one file type eg - .doc .jpg .txt .gif or are any and all attachments treated as inserted objects at the end of the message body ?? If the attachment is an image file, are you able to view it after it is sent ?? If not, what can you see in it's place ?? Are .doc or .txt files added to the end of the message body as readable text or gibberish ?? Lastly, did you install anything or download anything (Live Update, Windows Patch or update, etc.) just prior to noticing the problem ??
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    Re: Attachments (OE 6.0)

    Bob -- your suggestion worked. Am I at risk now for attachments that do have a virus? Still have Norton looking at the incoming/outgoing.

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    Re: Attachments (OE 6.0)

    Thanks for the reply. I guess I need a briefing on: ATTACHING stuff that will not appear in the text body, and INSERTING stuff that will only be seen in the message body. I'd like these two functions to be mutually exclusive.

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    Re: Attachments (OE 6.0)

    Hey Andy,

    First, to address you virus concerns. If your AV software is active and you keep its virus definitions up to date that should protect you from most threats (nothing is 100%). If you haven't already done this, go to Outlook Express > Views > Layout nad be certain that the box for "Show Preview Pane" is not checked. This will prevent any messages from automatically downloading their content or attachments until you actually open them.

    Now, Attaching and Inserting are in fact two mutually exclusive actions. When you attach an image or document to an e-mail, it is similar to stapling or paperclipping a second sheet of paper with the attachment on it to the original message, and it will appear at the end of the message. Inserting a message can only be done using Rich Text or HTML Format e-mail. To set your format open a New Message window in OE and click on Format at the top of the window and select which format you want from the drop down menu. With Rich Text or HTML mail format, you can "Insert" an image or text anywhere in the body of the e-mail, just by placing the cursor in the spot where you want the picture or text and clicking on Insert at the top of the New Message window, and choosing picture or text and then browsing to the location on your HD where that picture or text is located and selecting it. You can also "Insert" an "Attachment" from here, but that will simply add an "Attachment" to the end of the e-mail and not "Insert" it into the text body. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Attachments (OE 6.0)

    Ladimer,

    You should be fine as long as you have a decent AV program running and keep the virus definitions up to date. ( it seems like the definitions are being updated on a daily basis these days )
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    Re: Attachments (OE 6.0)

    Hey Doc, thanks for the reply BUT...the way you described the procedure 'attach' and 'insert' are NOT mutually exclusive. I want the Attachment to not appear at the end of the body of the message, but wait until I select it. There, or somewhere in the text, is where the 'insert' goes. Not so? It used to be that way; there's likely a setting that will fix it. But I don't know where to find it.

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    Re: Attachments (OE 6.0)

    An image attachment will appear at the bottom of the message, but a document or text file attachment will not appear and must be clicked upon to open. Perhaps, going to Format in a New Message and unchecking "Send Pictures With Message" will stop the picture from displaying until you click on it, but I would also assume that the sender would have to set the message up this way prior to sending it. As the recipient of a message, I believe the only control you have over whether an image attachment is displayed is to not have the Preview Pane activated and to read the message text by using the Properties>Details view. If you have an objecct Inserted in the body of the email, it will always display by default when the message is opened in HTML format. You could go to Tools>Options and on the Read tab check the box "Read All Messages In Plain Text" and the Send tab and adjust the settings in your "Mail Sending Format" box. HTH. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I guess I've just always considered the two functions separate ways or styles of doing the same thing. Sending an image or text via e-mail.
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