How to Unblock Hotmail Attachments

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Hotmail is Microsoft's free Web-based e-mail service. By default, Hotmail automatically blocks attachments sent from unrecognized e-mail addresses to protect the safety of the user. This can be frustrating and annoying if you know the email attachment is safe. Fortunately, you can unblock an e-mail attachment easily and download any attached files. Additionally, you can set Hotmail to always show attachments from the specified e-mail address, if you know the sender is a safe source.

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  1. 1

    Launch your Web browser and visit

  2. 2

    Enter your Hotmail e-mail address into the "Windows Live ID" field, including, and input your account password into the "Password" field. Click "Sign in" to access your Hotmail account.

  3. 3

    Click the "Inbox" link to visit your inbox. Click the message with an attachment to open the message. You can recognise e-mails with attachments by a paper clip icon next to the sender.

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    Click the "Show content" link in the yellow box at the bottom of the email message that says "Attachments, pictures and links in this message have been blocked for your safety." A list of attachments will appear.

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    Click any one of the attachments to download the file.

  6. 6

    Click the "Always show content from [e-mail address]" in the yellow box, if you trust the sender of the email that contains the attachment.

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