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    Word 2002 Mailmerge & Outlook

    Trying to do a simple email-merge in Word using a contacts folder in Outlook.I get the "A program is trying to send email on your behalf, do you want to allow this?" message. Is there a way to disable this, it comes up for every darned contact in the folder...

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    Re: Word 2002 Mailmerge & Outlook

    that is the security feature also known as "Outlook HELL". unfortunately, you can't disable this part of it, unless using exchange server.

    you might want ot consider exporting your contacts to a file and using it for the merge.

    (the attachment block part can be semi-disabled)

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    Re: Word 2002 Mailmerge & Outlook

    Thanks MaryJ, if I understand you correctly you are saying that I could export my contacts out of Outlook and still get the mail-merge to email to work?? I did try this by sending one or two test contacts to a spreadsheet and using it and still got the error. I also made sure to set HTML as my default format for email, because I heard that HTML mail bypassed security, but the message prompt still appeared and the message came back to me in plain text. This is so frustrating, why does Microsoft do this?

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    Re: Word 2002 Mailmerge & Outlook

    i missed a keyword: "email" in "email merge". Sorry. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    You'll always get the prompt on that, except when merging to html. I thought Sue had information on it at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.slipstick.ocm>http://www.slipstick.ocm</A>

    MS added the block to stop script kiddes from using the object model in Outlook to spread their viruses. MS was getting blamed by the press for the spread of things like iloveyou, when the blame belonged on users. MS decided if users couldn't control the urge to run viruses that used the object model, MS would. And did. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> If they only prevented the opening of files (attachment block), the sk would have found a way to entice users into running programs that accessed the address book, so the double block was needed.

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