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How can User disable the warning on Opening any attachment in Outlook 2016 on Windows 10 RRS feed

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    I’m a normal “User” at my law firm, and my PC now has Win 10 Pro 64-bit and Office 2016 32-bit.

    Each time my Admins repair, reinstall or upgrade my Office, I have a recurring problem opening attachments from Outlook email. When I double-click on an attachment in an email, Outlook always FIRST prompts me “Would you like to open the file or save it to your computer?”, and the option for “Always ask before opening this type of file” is checked but greyed out, so I cannot uncheck it. I don’t like being prompted.  See THIS PICTURE

    To let me uncheck the “Always ask” option, my Admins must first give me Admin status rights, and only then can I uncheck “Always ask before opening this type of file”. Then my Admins have to turn me back into a normal USer.  That’s not so fast for them. Right now, one of my Admins had to spend more than an hour on this.

    SO … is there any permanent setting or script they could run that would let me uncheck “Always ask before opening this type of file” without being an Admin myself?

    Thanks.


    glnzglnz
    ☺ In the office, Dell Optiplex 7040 with 8GB RAM, Win 10 Pro 64-bit and Office 2016
    ☻ At home, Dell Optiplex 7010 with 16GB RAM dual-booting Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit (both with Office 365 Home)
    ♥ Also still have Dell Optiplex 755 with 4GB RAM with Win XP Pro SP3 (which got updates through April 2019 with the POS hack) and Office 2003


    Saturday, May 30, 2020 8:16 PM

Answers

  • Hi glnzglnz,

    >> Is there any permanent setting or script they could run that would let me uncheck “Always ask before opening this type of file” without being an Admin myself?

    According to my research, I did find some information which maybe useful to you. However, since I cannot reproduce your problem, the accuracy of this method cannot be guaranteed. You could refer to the article for help.
    Disable "Always ask before opening" Dialog
    (Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.)
    (Please Note: Serious problems can occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before making changes, back up the registry to restore it in case something goes wrong.)

    Hope this can be helpful.

    Regards,

    Jeff Yang


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    • Marked as answer by glnzglnz Monday, June 1, 2020 10:47 AM
    Monday, June 1, 2020 7:06 AM

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  • Hi glnzglnz,

    >> Is there any permanent setting or script they could run that would let me uncheck “Always ask before opening this type of file” without being an Admin myself?

    According to my research, I did find some information which maybe useful to you. However, since I cannot reproduce your problem, the accuracy of this method cannot be guaranteed. You could refer to the article for help.
    Disable "Always ask before opening" Dialog
    (Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.)
    (Please Note: Serious problems can occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before making changes, back up the registry to restore it in case something goes wrong.)

    Hope this can be helpful.

    Regards,

    Jeff Yang


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they helped. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnsf@microsoft.com.


    • Marked as answer by glnzglnz Monday, June 1, 2020 10:47 AM
    Monday, June 1, 2020 7:06 AM
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    Jeff - Thanks.  You found the most relevantly detailed explanation so far. 

    I'm going to mark it as solution with WARNING that I have not tried what Diane Poremsky writes because my IT guys are finished with this issue for now and will not be trying this.  Maybe next time.

    I note in the comments below her article that at least one guy had subsequent problems starting Outlook.  So my IT guys will probably not want to mess with this - better for them once a year to turn me into an Admin, let me uncheck the box four four attachments (doc, docx, xls and xlsx), and then turn me back into a User.

    Too bad Win 10 Pro 64-bit doesn't have an intermediate status like Power User that would let me change this type of setting without bugging IT and without my becoming a dangerous Admin.
     


    glnzglnz
    ☺ In the office, Dell Optiplex 7040 with 8GB RAM, Win 10 Pro 64-bit and Office 2016
    ☻ At home, Dell Optiplex 7010 with 16GB RAM dual-booting Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit (both with Office 365 Home)
    ♥ Also still have Dell Optiplex 755 with 4GB RAM with Win XP Pro SP3 (which got updates through April 2019 with the POS hack) and Office 2003

    • Edited by glnzglnz Monday, June 1, 2020 10:48 AM
    Monday, June 1, 2020 10:45 AM
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    Bump.  The moderator moved this thread to this sub-forum, and so I wonder whether any of the readers here have any additional advice.

    Thanks.
     


    glnzglnz
    ☺ In the office, Dell Optiplex 7040 with 8GB RAM, Win 10 Pro 64-bit and Office 2016
    ☻ At home, Dell Optiplex 7010 with 16GB RAM dual-booting Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit (both with Office 365 Home)
    ♥ Also still have Dell Optiplex 755 with 4GB RAM with Win XP Pro SP3 (which got updates through April 2019 with the POS hack) and Office 2003

    Friday, June 5, 2020 12:59 PM