Tips Office documents as email attachments: Experienced an error trying to open the file.

I just saved a few Office documents received as email attachments and tried to open them when I got the following error: "office experienced an error trying to open the file.". This is actually due to the "internet" security protection of Windows...

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I have been doing that for month, with Outlook 2010, on this PC and never got such an error. Fortunately I immediately thought to check the "Security" on the file. That was the issue.

Unblock file downloaded from Internet

Unblock file downloaded from Internet

That's easy to fix:

  1. Right click the attachments saved as files and select "Properties".
  2. Click Unblock.

If you have several files to be unblocked, you can also use one of the SysInternals: Streams v1.56 to unblock them all at once:

  1. Open a command prompt as Administrator.
  2. Run the command streams on the files to be unblocked. E.g.: streams -d *.*

Actually, a attachment saved from Outlook seems to be (?now?) considered as a file downloaded from Internet. And there are information stored in an alternate filestream that are used by Windows to block the files downloaded from Internet. The "streams" command is nuking that alternate stream. So, Windows stops blocking the files.

Tips Sync MS Outlook and Android using gmail account

I really like MS Outlook and use it on all my Windows PC and laptops - at work as well as at home. But there was nothing offered my MS to sync Outlook's emails, contacts and calendars between multiple PC and Android. So, I started to use a gmail account to that purpose.

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  • First, I did enable the imap support on my gmail account and took note of all the gmail "imap parameters" for the next steps.
  • Next, I did configure an imap account to access my gmail mailbox in MS Outlook (on all my PC/Laptops).
  • A also configured my Google account on my Android smartphone to access my gmail mailbox , my Google Calendar and my Google Contacts.
  • Finally, I did install two freeware on all my Windows PC to sync my Google Calendar and my Google Contacts with Outlook:
    • "Go Contact Sync Mod" to sync my Outlook's Contacts with gmail (both way)
    • "Google Calendar Sync" to sync my Outlook's Calendar with gmail (both way on my private PC, one way at work => to get my professional appointments on my personal computers but no the opposite).

Et voilà ;)


Now, I should have a look on my "Outlook Web Account" (previously "hotmail") to see if I could not use it to sync MS Outlook and Android in a similar way... MS did add/integrate indeed several services which deserve some attention...