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Applies to: Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2002 Standard Edition
At times, you may receive an HTML message with multiple links, but when you attempt to open these links, a dialog box appears, asking you to associate an executable file with the link.
When you examine the source, you’ll notice that the URL is prefixed with the word ‘BLOCKED.’ Here’s an example of the source with the ‘BLOCKED’ prefix:
<A title=http://office.microsoft.com/ href=”BLOCKED::http://office.microsoft.com/”>Office Online</a>
Outlook employs several security features, and this is one of them. Typically, when URLs are copied from one email to another, Outlook adds the ‘BLOCKED’ prefix to the URL.
When you send a link in a message using the ‘Send a Link by E-mail’ feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook includes the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) attachment or link within the message. However, Outlook restricts users from accessing the URL attachment or link in the message.
You may be able to control this by adjusting the ‘Blocked External Content’ setting in Outlook 2003. To make this adjustment, follow these steps:
Other possible solution is deleting BLOCKED from the URL. To do so, follow these simple steps:
By following the methods mentioned above, you can open and view links within any HTML message without any interruptions.
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