Turn off blocking automatic picture downloads

When Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 blocks automatic picture downloading to help protect your privacy, 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.) of the message tells you that pictures (or other content) were not downloaded. You will also see red X placeholders in the message wherever pictures or other content has been blocked.

You can choose to download pictures and other blocked content on a per-message basis or to automatically download external pictures and other content for all HTML messages. You can also choose to always download external content for all e-mail messages from a specific e-mail address or domain by including the e-mail address or domain on your Safe Senders List (Safe Senders List: A list of domain names and e-mail addresses that you want to receive messages from. E-mail addresses in Contacts and in the Global Address Book are included in this list by default.).

To stop automatic blocking, do one of the following:

ShowOn a per-message basis

  1. In the open message, click the InfoBar or right-click one of the blocked items.
  2. On the InfoBar menu, on the shortcut menu, click Download Pictures.

 Notes 

  • If you always want to see external content from this sender or from anyone sending from this domain, you can add the sender’s e-mail address or domain to your Safe Senders List. To easily add senders or domains to the list, right-click one of the blocked items, then on the shortcut menu, click Add Sender to Safe Senders List or Add the Domain @<domain> to Safe Senders List.
  • You can also click View in Internet Zone on the View menu of the open message. This unblocks any content that Outlook blocked. Before doing this, be sure the message is from someone you trust and that you expected to receive the message. When you open a message in the Internet zone, all content is displayed and any scripts in the message will run. If you subsequently open the message without viewing it in the Internet zone, the content was blocked by Outlook will continue to be blocked.

ShowFor all HTML messages

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Security tab.
  2. Under Download Pictures, click Change Automatic Download Settings.
  3. Clear the Don't download pictures or other content automatically in HTML e-mail check box.
  4. Click OK twice.

 Note   By default, when you edit, forward, or reply to a message that references external content, Outlook displays a warning message. If you want to turn off these warning messages, clear the Warn me before downloading content when editing, forwarding, or replying to e-mail check box.

ShowFor all messages from a specific e-mail address or domain

  1. In the open message, right-click one of the blocked items.
  2. On the shortcut menu, click Add Sender to Safe Senders List or Add the Domain @<domain> to Safe Senders List.
 
 
Applies to:
Outlook 2003