Cannot send a Web site address link from Internet Explorer

Applies to
Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003
Microsoft Outlook® 2002

Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a command to send a URL link to an e-mail message recipient. However, Outlook automatically blocks attachments that contain file types that can run programs. These blocked file types include .url file types

Send a URL link with Outlook

You must manually copy and paste the Web page URL from your Web browser into the body of an Outlook e-mail message.

  1. In your Web browser, select the URL — the Address box in Internet Explorer.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
  3. Create a new e-mail message in Outlook.
  4. Click the message body, and then on the Edit menu, click Paste.

Attachment security

To prevent the spread of viruses from program files, Outlook automatically blocks attachments that contain file types that can run programs. Outlook is designed to help protect your computer and the computers of your e-mail message recipients from viruses and junk e-mail messages.

Because .url attachments are on the Outlook security restricted list, file extensions of .url are usually blocked unless your administrator has configured custom security settings. If you use Microsoft Exchange Server, your system administrator can add or remove the file types that are permitted in Outlook attachments.

Can I use the Link by E-mail command?

No, you cannot use the Link by E-mail command (File menu, Send command) in Internet Explorer to send a URL because Outlook blocks the URL. In the Outlook message window, you see the following message in the InfoBar (InfoBar: Banner near the top of an open e-mail message, appointment, contact, or task. Tells you if a message has been replied to or forwarded, along with the online status of a contact who is using Instant Messaging, and so on.):

Outlook blocked access to the following potential unsafe attachments: Web page name.url.

If you are running Microsoft Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the following text appears in the e-mail message body:

The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments:

Note: To protect against computer viruses, e-mail programs may prevent sending or receiving certain types of file attachments. Check your e-mail security settings to determine how attachments are handled.

If you are running Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) or earlier, the following text appears in the e-mail message body:

Your files are attached and ready to send with this message.

If you proceed to send the e-mail message and your recipient is using Outlook, he or she will not receive the URL attachment. When opening your e-mail message, the recipient sees the following in the InfoBar:

Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments: Web page name.url.

 
 
Applies to:
Outlook 2003