The Good and the Evil
By default, Outlook 2003 blocks all HTML content that is referenced by an external location. Many junk e-mail senders put an image URL in the e-mail message. The image URL notifies the junk e-mail senders' Web server when you read or preview the e-mail message. This type of image URL is also known as a "Web beacon." An example of a Web beacon image URL is:
<img src="http://myserver/cgi-bin/program?e=your-e-mail-address-here" />
If you preview or open an e-mail message with this type of an image reference, this action may make you a target to receive more junk e-mail messages.
To prevent this type of Web beacon, where an HTML e-mail message contains references such as links and banners to an external URL, the Outlook 2003 HTML viewer does not automatically render the external content. Instead, when you view the e-mail message, areas in the e-mail message that should have a picture appear as a red X placeholder.
Also, you receive the following InfoBar message that indicates that the HTML content has been blocked:
Click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of some pictures in this message.
With all that warning, if you still want to do it:
- Open Outlook
- Click Tools menu
- Select Options
- Click the Security tab
- Click Change Automatic Download Settings button
- Select when you want pictures downloaded
- Click OK OK
In Outlook 2007 go to Tools>Trust Center Automatic Download
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