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This is a security feature in Outlook 2003 and happens when URLs are copied from one email message and pasted into another message. It's added by the sender's copy of Outlook; the recipient can't adjust settings to remove it.
The sender can control it by adjusting the blocked external context setting in Outlook 2003. You'll find these settings on the Tools, Options, Security, Change Automatic Download Settings menu or click on the Infobar of a message containing blocked content and choose Change Automatic Download Settings.
By default any external links in HTML messages are blocked in Outlook 2003. Despite what you may have read HTML email messages are received and displayed in Outlook 2003. But only the text and formatting in the message itself is displayed - any links to external images don't show up.
According to Microsoft this blocking is to stop spammers using so-called 'web bots' to see if your email address is valid. These 'bots' are usually just a tiny (1 pixel by 1 pixel) image link into the spammers server. Outlook 2003 by default, will not go out to get that image.
I'm not sure what upgrade or service pack turned this on, but images aren't showing up in many emails these days (including the focal point forum emails).
StuartThis message has been edited. Last edited by: StuBouyer,
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thanks Stu for pointing us to slipstick.com Never heard of them before. Very nice. And i thought i might be the only person left alive on the planet who actually knew what a slipstick was..and i still use my rosewood one!
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