How to Disable Script Blocking for Microsoft Outlook

Updated July 19, 2017

Scripting in Outlook is typically disabled, because it allows senders to run JavaScript or Visual Basic Scripting files on your computer. This causes a security hazard on the computer, so scripting is disabled by default when you configure Outlook. Disabling script blocks in Outlook lets a user send you scripts and run them in Outlook. Outlook uses the security settings set in Internet Explorer.

Click the Windows "Start" button and click "All Programs." Click "Internet Explorer" to open the browser. After it opens, click the "Tools" menu item and then click "Internet Options." This opens a configuration window.

Click the "Security" tab. In this window, click "Custom Level" to open a new window. Scroll down to the section labelled "Scripting."

Click "Enable" for each scripting component you want to allow to run in the Outlook client. Click "OK" to save your settings.

Click "OK" again in the main configuration window to save your settings. You must restart Microsoft Outlook for the new settings to take effect.

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