Outlook blocking mail merge



I've just installed Outlook 2007 (hosted Exchange from MailStreet) and am
using Word 2007. The computer has Vista Home Premium SP1.

All I'm trying to do is send a change-of-address e-mail to my list of
contacts (about 1500).

I'm going thru all the steps to do mail merge in Word 2007 - create the
message, no problem, import the contacts from Outlook, no problem.

The issue is that when I go to the final "Finish and Merge" step in Word, it
appears that Outlook blocks access and I have to click "allow" for each and
every e-mail (although after that, each one does indeed go thru just fine).

I just don't want to have to click "allow" 1500 times!

There is also an option to "allow" for 10 minutes, but that doesn't prevent
it from asking me to click again for each e-mail.

I don't have Norton or Symantec, and I've disabled everything I can find to
disable in the Windows Security Center.

The message is in a small box, has "Microsoft Office Outlook" in the header
(although it comes up in Word, not Outlook), and the text reads "A program is
trying to access e-mail address information stored in Outlook. If this is
unexpected, click Deny and verify your antivirus software is up-to-date".
Then the boxes at the bottom, "allow", "deny" and "help" (which is of course

The Security Center in Windows says I have no antivirus software installed
(and takes joy in reminding me of that every day).

What the heck is blocking this from working smoothly? And how do I disable

Sue Mosher [MVP-Outlook]

Try using the HTML format for the mail merge output. That should avoid the


Wow. That was scary good.

I spent a few hours in "help" and on the phone, and you not only answered it
much more quickly, but you even deduced a setting that I hadn't even
explicitly mentioned.

Needless to say, your tip did the trick - thanks!!!

Now I just have to navigate the mailing caps from the ISP and Exchange
provider... :)

Burak Aktay

I need to send an attachment to all my clients using Office 2007 Mail Merge.
Is there a workarround the block of vista?

Brian Tillman [MVP - Outlook]

I need to send an attachment to all my clients using Office 2007 Mail
Is there a workarround the block of vista?

Vista doesn't have any such blocks, as far as I know. I don't believe a
mail merge can contain an attachment. This tool can help you identify the
application producing the warning message:

Burak Aktay

Yes it is not a problem of Vista, It happens on XP as well. MS Outlook gives
you a warning that message is trying to be sent on user's belhalf (which is
normal in case of Mail Merge) It lets you choose time to allow this access,
which is great. However right after this dialogbox you receive a new warning
from Microsoft Office Outlook:

A program is trying to send an e-mail message on your behalf. If this is
unexpected, click Deny and verify your antivirus software is up-to date.

For More information about e-mail safety and how you might be able to avoig
getting this warning, click help.

I click help and go to a general help page. When I do a search I found that
it was VB mail sending command that was being blocked. And the only way to
get rid of this message was to install an updated antivirus software.

I used to be able to send Mail Merge as attachement in previous versions of
Outlook very easiliy. I select the option attachment just before merging the
word document. It puts the word file as an attachment to the message. It
works if I press "Allow" on the dialog box, however you have to do it each
time for each message - no point for mail merge.

I have not been able to use the Outlook Advanced Securtiy add-on. I dont
think it helps this problem. I went and removed checkboxes on Tools / Trust
Center / Programmatic Access, but that did not help eather.

Doing simple tasks are getting so difficult these days :) Pls Help!

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