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    Unwanted Connections

    Hi. I'm running Windows 98SE with Outlook 2000 (but this problem also occurred with Outlook 98). Since I have a dial-up line, I've set my Internet Connection to connect only when I want to, not automatically. Typically, I'll do this when going to Outlook to check my e-mail and I click on "Send and Receive."

    After I've downloaded all my e-mail, I'll disconnect and look at the items one at a time. When looking at some items (often ads or people sending me messages via Yahoo mail or similar) the Dial-up connection box will pop up. Clicking on cancel had no effect, and it will not go away unless I exit completely out of Outlook. It insists on popping up everytime I do something it Outlook, and it gets quite annoying. Any ideas?

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    Re: Unwanted Connections

    it's trying to get images requested by html mail. if you disable automatic dialing in the DUN it'll pop up but not dial. But then it won't dial automatically when you need it too. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    you might want to try chilton preview (find it at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.slipstick.com>http://www.slipstick.com</A>). it can't render html, so no dialing. you can read the text of the messages though.

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    Re: Unwanted Connections

    The only workaround that I've found for this annoyance is to set Internet Explorer to offline mode. Since Outlook uses IE's rendering engine, it won't attempt a dial-up connection if you do this.

    You can also hit the ESC key about a billion times and it will eventually go away....but that's far from elegant.

    Anyone at Microsoft listening? This is really annoying!
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    Re: Unwanted Connections

    I think MaryJ has ID'd the cause. If I had a dial up connection I'd see if the sender had a non-html version of what they send. But the viewer she mentions works pretty well and is a simple fix. Good luck!

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    Re: Unwanted Connections

    You stated "Anyone at Microsoft listening? This is really annoying", well this happens in ALL emailer and browsers. So why did you leave AOL out?
    NetScape has the same problem. <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Unwanted Connections

    i know for a fact MS is not listening - i have beta tested office for several years and bug it every time. This time around they asked their MVPs to explain why setting DUN to not autodial was not good enough- they got an earful - but unless the dev team uses a modem, they don't understand.

    The solution is to have outlook not call the dun except for send/recieve - no mail client should call DUN unless checking for mail.

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    Re: Unwanted Connections

    I suppose I was being unfair in my grousing....but since I don't use any other mailers, I haven't noted the problem. And I think this is the result of the OS deciding it needs a dial up network connection - something that Outlook could handle programmatically.

    AOL is just plain annoying so I assumed that was a given! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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    Re: Unwanted Connections

    Just wanted to let others know that it was NOT just a Outlook problem.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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