Sat May 8 14:58:33 GMT 2004 Outlook Attachments
The usual problem with attachments is just that Microsoft changed the defaults to NOT allow you to open attachments. That's easily fixed in Tools -> Options -> Security for Outlook Express. It can be more difficult for some versions of Outlook: see https://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q290497.
I also get complaints about "winmail.dat" attachments; these are just Outlook including extra formatting info for other Outlook users. See https://www.pchell.com/support/winmaildat.shtml and https://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=138053
But I've also seen people unable to SEND attachments from Outlook. You are supposed to get a warning:
If you send an e-mail message that contains an "unsafe" attachment, you receive a warning message that says other Outlook recipients may not be able to access the attachment that you are trying to send. You can either ignore the warning message and send the e-mail message, or you can choose to not send the e-mail message.
However, there are apparently circumstances with some Outlook versions where no message is given but the attachment is NOT sent. This MAY be solved by sending the message text in plain text rather than Rich Text Format (see the "winmail.dat" links above), but I'm not sure this is all there is to it.
The better solution is not to use Microsoft products at all, but that isn't possible for everyone.
Got something to add? Send me email.
More Articles by Tony Lawrence © 2012-10-05 Tony Lawrence