How do I check my email settings?


Whenever I receive e-mail from my local astronomy club or from websites, I get a small red x where the pictures should be. I am using Outlook Express for my e-mail. I have checked the settings for my e-mail so I can receive html as opposed to plain text, nothing seems to help.


This question was answered on February 21, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This behavior occurs because of the new "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail" security option By default, this option is turned on in Outlook Express after you install Windows XP SP2.

1 Click Start, point to Programs, and then click Outlook Express.

2 On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Security tab.

3 Click to clear the Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail check box.

4 Click Apply, and then click OK.


The "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail" option is a security feature that has been included in Windows XP SP2 to protect your computer against junk e-mail (spam).

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Posted by Kera of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 21, 2005