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Downloading pictures automatically for specific contacts or newsletters

Pictures in messages from some senders and newsletters are not downloaded unless I click a bar above the message. Pictures in messages from others download as soon as the message is opened.

Have I created some kind of list that allows this to occur?
If so, how can I edit the list?

Online Pictures buttonSince Outlook 2003, Outlook will by default block online images within messages from automatically being downloaded from the Internet.

The main reason for this is to prevent spammers from verifying that your email address exists. They do this by inserting unique pictures in their spam message which would otherwise be retrieved automatically when you open the message. This is also known as a “Web bug

However, images will still automatically download for messages to and from addresses that you have specified in the Safe Senders and Safe Recipients Lists of the Junk E-mail filter.

This privacy feature can also be disabled to either allow or block all online pictures from being downloaded, regardless of the address being used. Of course, any blocked pictures can still be downloaded via the Infobar.

Infobar - Click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of some pictures in this message.

Note: If pictures don’t download after clicking the Infobar see Internet images are not being downloaded in emails.

Editing the Safe Sender and Safe Recipients lists

Safe and BlockedLists buttonTo edit these lists, use the Safe Senders and Safe Recipients lists in the Junk E-mail Options dialog.

  • Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007
    Tools-> Options-> Junk Email…
  • Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013
    tab Home-> button: Junk-> Junk E-mail Options…

Block Internet pictures, even from Safe Senders and Safe Recipients

'Trust Center buttonIf you don’t like this behavior and you want to always block pictures from being automatically downloaded from the Internet, then you can disable the option;

”Permit downloads in e-mail messages from sender and to recipients defined in the Safe Senders and Safe Recipients Lists used by the Junk E-mail filter.”

  • Outlook 2003
    Tools-> Options-> tab Security-> button: Change Automatic Download Settings…
  • Outlook 2007
    Tools-> Trust Center…-> section: Automatic Download
  • Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013
    File-> Options-> Trust Center-> button: Trust Center Settings…-> section: Automatic Download

Note: You might indeed want to disable this option when a spammer is abusing the address of a contact you have defined in your Safe Senders list. This way, no tracking image is downloaded then and your address won’t be exposed.

Block Internet content in messages even when the sender or recipient address is safe.
Block Internet content in messages even when the sender or recipient address is safe.


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