Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Outlook Express: Unblock Images

When you install Windows XP Service Pack 2, graphics in emails will no longer be displayed by default. This is a security measure to prevent spammers from using web beacons from validating your email address.

If you don't know what web beacons are, here is a quick summary: they're specially coded images that are embedded into emails to validate an e-mail address.

If you don't like this feature and you want to turn it off, follow the instructions below:
  • Open Outlook Express
  • From the Tools menu, select Options.
  • Click the Security tab.
  • Uncheck the "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail." checkbox.
  • Press the OK button.


gregshmk said...

I have looked in options/security and found the box "unchecked" to "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail". I still receive email with white space...outlined with a blue line and the infamous red x in the upper left hand corner. Is there anything else I can try.

gregshmk said...

I have checked the options/security tabs and found the "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail uncheck. Unfortunately, I still receive e-mail with the images blocked with the infamous red x in the upper left hand corner. Is there anything else to try to see all images on all email?

UberGeek316 said...

Since you have have uncheck the checkbox, do you see some images and not others? Or all all images still blocked?

If you're seeing some images and not others, the problem might be that the email is referencing an image from the web that is no longer there?

If this doesn't help, answer the first question and I will research it some more.

Robin said...

I'm not Greg but I am having the same problem. I see no images at all and the block images is ubchecked. I used to be able to see them but about a week ago, the red X's appeared.

Robin said...

Thank you for any help.

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Anonymous said...

Pretty much the same comment. Following the info provided I find no"Block Images and other external content in HTML email", etc.
P Bader