Outlook express, attachments



JasonC
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I get an attachment
that the extension isn't recognized I can't get to the "open with" or "choose
program" window so I can choose the program to use.
I would use the folder options to assign the correct program but the file
name, including extension, is never the same twice so that would be useless.
I know I can save the attachment and then open it, but I am looking for a
way to do it from outlook express.

Jason

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
In news:0BFB69B6-11D6-48E8-A158-A4231E922F81@microsoft.com,
JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I get
> an
> attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't get to
> the
> "open with" or "choose program" window so I can choose the
> program to
> use.


Find *any* file with that extension (save the attachment, if
necessary), right-click on it and choose Open With. Choose the
program and check the box "Always use this program..." That will
set the association from then on.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup


> I would use the folder options to assign the correct program
> but the
> file name, including extension, is never the same twice so that
> would
> be useless. I know I can save the attachment and then open it,
> but I
> am looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
>
> Jason

JasonC
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
I think that would only help me if the extension was always the same. I
regularlly get these emails and the extensions are always different. It is
the same report and I always want to use notepad, but there is no consistancy
in the extension.

"Ken Blake" wrote:

> In news:0BFB69B6-11D6-48E8-A158-A4231E922F81@microsoft.com,
> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>
> > I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I get
> > an
> > attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't get to
> > the
> > "open with" or "choose program" window so I can choose the
> > program to
> > use.
>
>
> Find *any* file with that extension (save the attachment, if
> necessary), right-click on it and choose Open With. Choose the
> program and check the box "Always use this program..." That will
> set the association from then on.
>
> --
> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>
>
> > I would use the folder options to assign the correct program
> > but the
> > file name, including extension, is never the same twice so that
> > would
> > be useless. I know I can save the attachment and then open it,
> > but I
> > am looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
> >
> > Jason
>
>
>

PA Bear
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
Cannot Open E-Mail Attachments in Outlook Express After You Install SP1:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=329570

--
OE6-specific newsgroup:
news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress

~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-Windows (IE/OE) & Security, AH-VSOP

JasonC wrote:
> I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I get an
> attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't get to the "open
> with" or "choose program" window so I can choose the program to use.
> I would use the folder options to assign the correct program but the file
> name, including extension, is never the same twice so that would be
> useless. I know I can save the attachment and then open it, but I am
> looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
>
> Jason

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:56 PM
In news:EDE660EC-AE5D-45DD-A5F5-60D7896113B4@microsoft.com,
JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> I think that would only help me if the extension was always the
> same.


Yes. I missed the point that the extensions were different.


> I regularlly get these emails and the extensions are always
> different. It is the same report and I always want to use
> notepad,
> but there is no consistancy in the extension.


Who is sending you the same report regularly with different
extensions? Tell him to use the same extension. If it's a text
file suitable for opening in notepad, he should be using the .txt
extension.

--
Ken Blake
Please reply to the newsgroup



> "Ken Blake" wrote:
>
>> In news:0BFB69B6-11D6-48E8-A158-A4231E922F81@microsoft.com,
>> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>>
>>> I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I get
>>> an
>>> attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't get to
>>> the
>>> "open with" or "choose program" window so I can choose the
>>> program to
>>> use.
>>
>>
>> Find *any* file with that extension (save the attachment, if
>> necessary), right-click on it and choose Open With. Choose the
>> program and check the box "Always use this program..." That
>> will
>> set the association from then on.
>>
>> --
>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
>> Please reply to the newsgroup
>>
>>
>>> I would use the folder options to assign the correct program
>>> but the
>>> file name, including extension, is never the same twice so
>>> that
>>> would
>>> be useless. I know I can save the attachment and then open
>>> it,
>>> but I
>>> am looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
>>>
>>> Jason

JasonC
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
It is a generated file from the bank. The file name, including extension is
random. I don't know why.
I know this isn't an issue with Outlook, only with Outlook express. I'm
just wondering if there is a way to have it work the way I want it. It
worked fine before upgrading to windows XP.

"Ken Blake" wrote:

> In news:EDE660EC-AE5D-45DD-A5F5-60D7896113B4@microsoft.com,
> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>
> > I think that would only help me if the extension was always the
> > same.
>
>
> Yes. I missed the point that the extensions were different.
>
>
> > I regularlly get these emails and the extensions are always
> > different. It is the same report and I always want to use
> > notepad,
> > but there is no consistancy in the extension.
>
>
> Who is sending you the same report regularly with different
> extensions? Tell him to use the same extension. If it's a text
> file suitable for opening in notepad, he should be using the .txt
> extension.
>
> --
> Ken Blake
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>
>
>
> > "Ken Blake" wrote:
> >
> >> In news:0BFB69B6-11D6-48E8-A158-A4231E922F81@microsoft.com,
> >> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> >>
> >>> I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I get
> >>> an
> >>> attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't get to
> >>> the
> >>> "open with" or "choose program" window so I can choose the
> >>> program to
> >>> use.
> >>
> >>
> >> Find *any* file with that extension (save the attachment, if
> >> necessary), right-click on it and choose Open With. Choose the
> >> program and check the box "Always use this program..." That
> >> will
> >> set the association from then on.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> >> Please reply to the newsgroup
> >>
> >>
> >>> I would use the folder options to assign the correct program
> >>> but the
> >>> file name, including extension, is never the same twice so
> >>> that
> >>> would
> >>> be useless. I know I can save the attachment and then open
> >>> it,
> >>> but I
> >>> am looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
> >>>
> >>> Jason
>
>
>

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
In news:01B5CF72-4A79-4854-B421-5F9AAFE0640D@microsoft.com,
JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> It is a generated file from the bank. The file name, including
> extension is random. I don't know why.


If I were in your shoes, I would ask the bank about this and
explain your problem to them.


> I know this isn't an issue with Outlook, only with Outlook
> express.


You say the "extension is random." If that's the case, this has
nothing to do with Outlook *or* Outlook Express. You would have
exactly the same problem if you saved the file in Outlook Express
and then tried to open it from Windows Explorer. Windows knows
how (in what program) to open files for which associations have
been created--file extensions like doc, xls (if Office is
installed), exe, txt, etc.--but has no idea what to do with
random names.


> I'm just wondering if there is a way to have it work the way I
> want
> it. It worked fine before upgrading to windows XP.


If that's truly the case, something has to be wrong with your
description of the problem. Whether it's Windows XP or an earlier
version, random extensions can not possibly work.

That's why I suggest that you contact your bank and talk to them
about this.

--
Ken Blake
Please reply to the newsgroup


> "Ken Blake" wrote:
>
>> In news:EDE660EC-AE5D-45DD-A5F5-60D7896113B4@microsoft.com,
>> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>>
>>> I think that would only help me if the extension was always
>>> the
>>> same.
>>
>>
>> Yes. I missed the point that the extensions were different.
>>
>>
>>> I regularlly get these emails and the extensions are always
>>> different. It is the same report and I always want to use
>>> notepad,
>>> but there is no consistancy in the extension.
>>
>>
>> Who is sending you the same report regularly with different
>> extensions? Tell him to use the same extension. If it's a text
>> file suitable for opening in notepad, he should be using the
>> .txt
>> extension.
>>
>> --
>> Ken Blake
>> Please reply to the newsgroup
>>
>>
>>
>>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
>>>
>>>> In news:0BFB69B6-11D6-48E8-A158-A4231E922F81@microsoft.com,
>>>> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>>>>
>>>>> I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I
>>>>> get
>>>>> an
>>>>> attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't get
>>>>> to
>>>>> the
>>>>> "open with" or "choose program" window so I can choose the
>>>>> program to
>>>>> use.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Find *any* file with that extension (save the attachment, if
>>>> necessary), right-click on it and choose Open With. Choose
>>>> the
>>>> program and check the box "Always use this program..." That
>>>> will
>>>> set the association from then on.
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
>>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> I would use the folder options to assign the correct
>>>>> program
>>>>> but the
>>>>> file name, including extension, is never the same twice so
>>>>> that
>>>>> would
>>>>> be useless. I know I can save the attachment and then open
>>>>> it,
>>>>> but I
>>>>> am looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
>>>>>
>>>>> Jason

JasonC
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
If I save the attachment and then open it I get prompted to choose which
program I want to use. My issue is that when I try to open the attachment
from outlook express I don't have the option to choose which program to use
without having to save it then open it. I did have the option pre-Windows
XP, and I do have the option is when opening from outlook.
I tried on a PC with outlook and outlook express installed. I recieved the
email and tried opening the attachment with both programs. With outlook I
can select the program without having to save the attachment first. With
Outlook express I have to save the file, then open it.


"Ken Blake" wrote:

> In news:01B5CF72-4A79-4854-B421-5F9AAFE0640D@microsoft.com,
> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>
> > It is a generated file from the bank. The file name, including
> > extension is random. I don't know why.
>
>
> If I were in your shoes, I would ask the bank about this and
> explain your problem to them.
>
>
> > I know this isn't an issue with Outlook, only with Outlook
> > express.
>
>
> You say the "extension is random." If that's the case, this has
> nothing to do with Outlook *or* Outlook Express. You would have
> exactly the same problem if you saved the file in Outlook Express
> and then tried to open it from Windows Explorer. Windows knows
> how (in what program) to open files for which associations have
> been created--file extensions like doc, xls (if Office is
> installed), exe, txt, etc.--but has no idea what to do with
> random names.
>
>
> > I'm just wondering if there is a way to have it work the way I
> > want
> > it. It worked fine before upgrading to windows XP.
>
>
> If that's truly the case, something has to be wrong with your
> description of the problem. Whether it's Windows XP or an earlier
> version, random extensions can not possibly work.
>
> That's why I suggest that you contact your bank and talk to them
> about this.
>
> --
> Ken Blake
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>
>
> > "Ken Blake" wrote:
> >
> >> In news:EDE660EC-AE5D-45DD-A5F5-60D7896113B4@microsoft.com,
> >> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> >>
> >>> I think that would only help me if the extension was always
> >>> the
> >>> same.
> >>
> >>
> >> Yes. I missed the point that the extensions were different.
> >>
> >>
> >>> I regularlly get these emails and the extensions are always
> >>> different. It is the same report and I always want to use
> >>> notepad,
> >>> but there is no consistancy in the extension.
> >>
> >>
> >> Who is sending you the same report regularly with different
> >> extensions? Tell him to use the same extension. If it's a text
> >> file suitable for opening in notepad, he should be using the
> >> .txt
> >> extension.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Ken Blake
> >> Please reply to the newsgroup
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> In news:0BFB69B6-11D6-48E8-A158-A4231E922F81@microsoft.com,
> >>>> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> >>>>
> >>>>> I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I
> >>>>> get
> >>>>> an
> >>>>> attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't get
> >>>>> to
> >>>>> the
> >>>>> "open with" or "choose program" window so I can choose the
> >>>>> program to
> >>>>> use.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> Find *any* file with that extension (save the attachment, if
> >>>> necessary), right-click on it and choose Open With. Choose
> >>>> the
> >>>> program and check the box "Always use this program..." That
> >>>> will
> >>>> set the association from then on.
> >>>>
> >>>> --
> >>>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> >>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>> I would use the folder options to assign the correct
> >>>>> program
> >>>>> but the
> >>>>> file name, including extension, is never the same twice so
> >>>>> that
> >>>>> would
> >>>>> be useless. I know I can save the attachment and then open
> >>>>> it,
> >>>>> but I
> >>>>> am looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Jason
>
>
>

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:58 PM
In news:13A0FD06-E058-4B30-8D06-DFDB74144C4D@microsoft.com,
JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> If I save the attachment and then open it I get prompted to
> choose
> which program I want to use. My issue is that when I try to
> open the
> attachment from outlook express I don't have the option to
> choose
> which program to use without having to save it then open it. I
> did
> have the option pre-Windows XP, and I do have the option is
> when
> opening from outlook.
> I tried on a PC with outlook and outlook express installed. I
> recieved the email and tried opening the attachment with both
> programs. With outlook I can select the program without having
> to
> save the attachment first. With Outlook express I have to save
> the
> file, then open it.


What happens when you try to open the attachment in Outlook
Express? If you get an error message, please quote it verbatim.

--
Ken Blake
Please reply to the newsgroup


> "Ken Blake" wrote:
>
>> In news:01B5CF72-4A79-4854-B421-5F9AAFE0640D@microsoft.com,
>> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>>
>>> It is a generated file from the bank. The file name,
>>> including
>>> extension is random. I don't know why.
>>
>>
>> If I were in your shoes, I would ask the bank about this and
>> explain your problem to them.
>>
>>
>>> I know this isn't an issue with Outlook, only with Outlook
>>> express.
>>
>>
>> You say the "extension is random." If that's the case, this
>> has
>> nothing to do with Outlook *or* Outlook Express. You would
>> have
>> exactly the same problem if you saved the file in Outlook
>> Express
>> and then tried to open it from Windows Explorer. Windows knows
>> how (in what program) to open files for which associations
>> have
>> been created--file extensions like doc, xls (if Office is
>> installed), exe, txt, etc.--but has no idea what to do with
>> random names.
>>
>>
>>> I'm just wondering if there is a way to have it work the way
>>> I
>>> want
>>> it. It worked fine before upgrading to windows XP.
>>
>>
>> If that's truly the case, something has to be wrong with your
>> description of the problem. Whether it's Windows XP or an
>> earlier
>> version, random extensions can not possibly work.
>>
>> That's why I suggest that you contact your bank and talk to
>> them
>> about this.
>>
>> --
>> Ken Blake
>> Please reply to the newsgroup
>>
>>
>>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
>>>
>>>> In news:EDE660EC-AE5D-45DD-A5F5-60D7896113B4@microsoft.com,
>>>> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>>>>
>>>>> I think that would only help me if the extension was always
>>>>> the
>>>>> same.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Yes. I missed the point that the extensions were different.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> I regularlly get these emails and the extensions are always
>>>>> different. It is the same report and I always want to use
>>>>> notepad,
>>>>> but there is no consistancy in the extension.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Who is sending you the same report regularly with different
>>>> extensions? Tell him to use the same extension. If it's a
>>>> text
>>>> file suitable for opening in notepad, he should be using the
>>>> .txt
>>>> extension.
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Ken Blake
>>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> In
>>>>>> news:0BFB69B6-11D6-48E8-A158-A4231E922F81@microsoft.com,
>>>>>> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I
>>>>>>> get
>>>>>>> an
>>>>>>> attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't
>>>>>>> get
>>>>>>> to
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> "open with" or "choose program" window so I can choose
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> program to
>>>>>>> use.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Find *any* file with that extension (save the attachment,
>>>>>> if
>>>>>> necessary), right-click on it and choose Open With. Choose
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> program and check the box "Always use this program..."
>>>>>> That
>>>>>> will
>>>>>> set the association from then on.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> --
>>>>>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
>>>>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I would use the folder options to assign the correct
>>>>>>> program
>>>>>>> but the
>>>>>>> file name, including extension, is never the same twice
>>>>>>> so
>>>>>>> that
>>>>>>> would
>>>>>>> be useless. I know I can save the attachment and then
>>>>>>> open
>>>>>>> it,
>>>>>>> but I
>>>>>>> am looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Jason

JasonC
07-10-2005, 12:06 AM
I don't seem to be explaining myself proerly.
I want to know why, when I open an email with an attachment (with unknown
file type/no program associated with it) in outlook express I have to save
the attachment first before I am ever given the option to choose which
program to use. When I try to open it right from the email I get the
message, " This program doesn't have a file associated with it for performing
this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel". I
understand this message and know what it means, this isn't the issue. The
issue is, that in previous versions of windows I would have been able to
right-click on the attachment and select "open with" to choose the program I
wanted to use without first having to save the file.
I emails and attachments from the bank. The attachments' names are always
different, as is the extension. Don't ask me why, it is how they do it and
it won't change.
My question is, is there a way to skip the step where I have to save the
attachment before I can select which program to use to open it? I don't want
to create file associations with it everytime because the files/extensions
are never the same twice. I could do it before upgrading to XP.

"Ken Blake" wrote:

> In news:13A0FD06-E058-4B30-8D06-DFDB74144C4D@microsoft.com,
> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>
> > If I save the attachment and then open it I get prompted to
> > choose
> > which program I want to use. My issue is that when I try to
> > open the
> > attachment from outlook express I don't have the option to
> > choose
> > which program to use without having to save it then open it. I
> > did
> > have the option pre-Windows XP, and I do have the option is
> > when
> > opening from outlook.
> > I tried on a PC with outlook and outlook express installed. I
> > recieved the email and tried opening the attachment with both
> > programs. With outlook I can select the program without having
> > to
> > save the attachment first. With Outlook express I have to save
> > the
> > file, then open it.
>
>
> What happens when you try to open the attachment in Outlook
> Express? If you get an error message, please quote it verbatim.
>
> --
> Ken Blake
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>
>
> > "Ken Blake" wrote:
> >
> >> In news:01B5CF72-4A79-4854-B421-5F9AAFE0640D@microsoft.com,
> >> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> >>
> >>> It is a generated file from the bank. The file name,
> >>> including
> >>> extension is random. I don't know why.
> >>
> >>
> >> If I were in your shoes, I would ask the bank about this and
> >> explain your problem to them.
> >>
> >>
> >>> I know this isn't an issue with Outlook, only with Outlook
> >>> express.
> >>
> >>
> >> You say the "extension is random." If that's the case, this
> >> has
> >> nothing to do with Outlook *or* Outlook Express. You would
> >> have
> >> exactly the same problem if you saved the file in Outlook
> >> Express
> >> and then tried to open it from Windows Explorer. Windows knows
> >> how (in what program) to open files for which associations
> >> have
> >> been created--file extensions like doc, xls (if Office is
> >> installed), exe, txt, etc.--but has no idea what to do with
> >> random names.
> >>
> >>
> >>> I'm just wondering if there is a way to have it work the way
> >>> I
> >>> want
> >>> it. It worked fine before upgrading to windows XP.
> >>
> >>
> >> If that's truly the case, something has to be wrong with your
> >> description of the problem. Whether it's Windows XP or an
> >> earlier
> >> version, random extensions can not possibly work.
> >>
> >> That's why I suggest that you contact your bank and talk to
> >> them
> >> about this.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Ken Blake
> >> Please reply to the newsgroup
> >>
> >>
> >>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> In news:EDE660EC-AE5D-45DD-A5F5-60D7896113B4@microsoft.com,
> >>>> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> >>>>
> >>>>> I think that would only help me if the extension was always
> >>>>> the
> >>>>> same.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> Yes. I missed the point that the extensions were different.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>> I regularlly get these emails and the extensions are always
> >>>>> different. It is the same report and I always want to use
> >>>>> notepad,
> >>>>> but there is no consistancy in the extension.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> Who is sending you the same report regularly with different
> >>>> extensions? Tell him to use the same extension. If it's a
> >>>> text
> >>>> file suitable for opening in notepad, he should be using the
> >>>> .txt
> >>>> extension.
> >>>>
> >>>> --
> >>>> Ken Blake
> >>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>> "Ken Blake" wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> In
> >>>>>> news:0BFB69B6-11D6-48E8-A158-A4231E922F81@microsoft.com,
> >>>>>> JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>> I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I
> >>>>>>> get
> >>>>>>> an
> >>>>>>> attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't
> >>>>>>> get
> >>>>>>> to
> >>>>>>> the
> >>>>>>> "open with" or "choose program" window so I can choose
> >>>>>>> the
> >>>>>>> program to
> >>>>>>> use.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Find *any* file with that extension (save the attachment,
> >>>>>> if
> >>>>>> necessary), right-click on it and choose Open With. Choose
> >>>>>> the
> >>>>>> program and check the box "Always use this program..."
> >>>>>> That
> >>>>>> will
> >>>>>> set the association from then on.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> --
> >>>>>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> >>>>>> Please reply to the newsgroup
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>> I would use the folder options to assign the correct
> >>>>>>> program
> >>>>>>> but the
> >>>>>>> file name, including extension, is never the same twice
> >>>>>>> so
> >>>>>>> that
> >>>>>>> would
> >>>>>>> be useless. I know I can save the attachment and then
> >>>>>>> open
> >>>>>>> it,
> >>>>>>> but I
> >>>>>>> am looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> Jason
>
>
>

PA Bear
07-10-2005, 12:06 AM
Things are different in WinXP SP2, which I'm assuming you're running.

WinXP SP2: What's New for Internet Explorer and Outlook Express
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/ieoeoverview.mspx

How the Attachment Manager works in WinXP SP2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=883260

Detailed description of the DEP feature in Windows XP SP2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=875352

Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2: Browsing
Security Enhancements
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/sp2brows.mspx

Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2: Email
Handling
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/sp2email.mspx
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~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-Windows (IE/OE) & Security


JasonC wrote:
> I don't seem to be explaining myself proerly.
> I want to know why, when I open an email with an attachment (with unknown
> file type/no program associated with it) in outlook express I have to save
> the attachment first before I am ever given the option to choose which
> program to use. When I try to open it right from the email I get the
> message, " This program doesn't have a file associated with it for
> performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options
> control panel". I understand this message and know what it means, this
> isn't the issue. The issue is, that in previous versions of windows I
> would have been able to right-click on the attachment and select "open
> with" to choose the program I wanted to use without first having to save
> the file.
> I emails and attachments from the bank. The attachments' names are always
> different, as is the extension. Don't ask me why, it is how they do it
> and it won't change.
> My question is, is there a way to skip the step where I have to save the
> attachment before I can select which program to use to open it? I don't
> want to create file associations with it everytime because the
> files/extensions are never the same twice. I could do it before
> upgrading to XP.
>
> "Ken Blake" wrote:
>
> > In news:13A0FD06-E058-4B30-8D06-DFDB74144C4D@microsoft.com,
> > JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> >
> > > If I save the attachment and then open it I get prompted to
> > > choose
> > > which program I want to use. My issue is that when I try to
> > > open the
> > > attachment from outlook express I don't have the option to
> > > choose
> > > which program to use without having to save it then open it. I
> > > did
> > > have the option pre-Windows XP, and I do have the option is
> > > when
> > > opening from outlook.
> > > I tried on a PC with outlook and outlook express installed. I
> > > recieved the email and tried opening the attachment with both
> > > programs. With outlook I can select the program without having
> > > to
> > > save the attachment first. With Outlook express I have to save
> > > the
> > > file, then open it.
> >
> >
> > What happens when you try to open the attachment in Outlook
> > Express? If you get an error message, please quote it verbatim.
> >
> > --
> > Ken Blake
> > Please reply to the newsgroup
> >
> >
> > > "Ken Blake" wrote:
> > >
> > > > In news:01B5CF72-4A79-4854-B421-5F9AAFE0640D@microsoft.com,
> > > > JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> > > >
> > > > > It is a generated file from the bank. The file name,
> > > > > including
> > > > > extension is random. I don't know why.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > If I were in your shoes, I would ask the bank about this and
> > > > explain your problem to them.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > I know this isn't an issue with Outlook, only with Outlook
> > > > > express.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > You say the "extension is random." If that's the case, this
> > > > has
> > > > nothing to do with Outlook *or* Outlook Express. You would
> > > > have
> > > > exactly the same problem if you saved the file in Outlook
> > > > Express
> > > > and then tried to open it from Windows Explorer. Windows knows
> > > > how (in what program) to open files for which associations
> > > > have
> > > > been created--file extensions like doc, xls (if Office is
> > > > installed), exe, txt, etc.--but has no idea what to do with
> > > > random names.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > I'm just wondering if there is a way to have it work the way
> > > > > I
> > > > > want
> > > > > it. It worked fine before upgrading to windows XP.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > If that's truly the case, something has to be wrong with your
> > > > description of the problem. Whether it's Windows XP or an
> > > > earlier
> > > > version, random extensions can not possibly work.
> > > >
> > > > That's why I suggest that you contact your bank and talk to
> > > > them
> > > > about this.
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > Ken Blake
> > > > Please reply to the newsgroup
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > "Ken Blake" wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > In news:EDE660EC-AE5D-45DD-A5F5-60D7896113B4@microsoft.com,
> > > > > > JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > I think that would only help me if the extension was always
> > > > > > > the
> > > > > > > same.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Yes. I missed the point that the extensions were different.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > I regularlly get these emails and the extensions are always
> > > > > > > different. It is the same report and I always want to use
> > > > > > > notepad,
> > > > > > > but there is no consistancy in the extension.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Who is sending you the same report regularly with different
> > > > > > extensions? Tell him to use the same extension. If it's a
> > > > > > text
> > > > > > file suitable for opening in notepad, he should be using the
> > > > > > .txt
> > > > > > extension.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > --
> > > > > > Ken Blake
> > > > > > Please reply to the newsgroup
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > "Ken Blake" wrote:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > In
> > > > > > > > news:0BFB69B6-11D6-48E8-A158-A4231E922F81@microsoft.com,
> > > > > > > > JasonC <JasonC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > I am running XP Pro and using outlook express. Anytime I
> > > > > > > > > get
> > > > > > > > > an
> > > > > > > > > attachment that the extension isn't recognized I can't
> > > > > > > > > get
> > > > > > > > > to
> > > > > > > > > the
> > > > > > > > > "open with" or "choose program" window so I can choose
> > > > > > > > > the
> > > > > > > > > program to
> > > > > > > > > use.
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > Find *any* file with that extension (save the attachment,
> > > > > > > > if
> > > > > > > > necessary), right-click on it and choose Open With. Choose
> > > > > > > > the
> > > > > > > > program and check the box "Always use this program..."
> > > > > > > > That
> > > > > > > > will
> > > > > > > > set the association from then on.
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > --
> > > > > > > > Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> > > > > > > > Please reply to the newsgroup
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > I would use the folder options to assign the correct
> > > > > > > > > program
> > > > > > > > > but the
> > > > > > > > > file name, including extension, is never the same twice
> > > > > > > > > so
> > > > > > > > > that
> > > > > > > > > would
> > > > > > > > > be useless. I know I can save the attachment and then
> > > > > > > > > open
> > > > > > > > > it,
> > > > > > > > > but I
> > > > > > > > > am looking for a way to do it from outlook express.
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > Jason


Outlook express, attachments