How to Change Outlook Security Settings to Allow Clickable Links

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How to Change Outlook Security Settings to Allow Clickable Links
Outlook blocks URLs in e-mails that it determines might be harmful. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Junk e-mail or spam e-mail is a regular problem for almost anyone with an e-mail account. While most junk e-mail is merely annoying, e-mail can also be used to fool you into revealing personal or secure information, a process known as "phishing." Microsoft Outlook's junk e-mail filter scans each incoming piece of mail and puts junk e-mail in a "Junk Email" folder. It also disables clickable URL links in those e-mails so that you don't accidentally click one and wind up on a phishing web site.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Outlook. Click the "Home" tab.

  2. 2

    Click "Junk" in the "Delete" pane of the Ribbon interface. Click "Junk Email Options."

  3. 3

    Click the "Options" tab. Clear the "Disable Links and Other Functionality in Phishing Messages" check box. Click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • You can leave links in phishing e-mail disabled for security and still enable links on a per-message basis. Open an e-mail with a link in the "Junk Email" folder, and click "Enable Links and Other Functionality (Not Recommended)."
  • You should always check the links in an e-mail before clicking it. Move the mouse cursor over the link text in the e-mail, and confirm that the displayed URL matches the URL in the e-mail.

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