"A program is trying to access e-mail addresses you have stored in Outlook" warning message when you send a mail merge to e-mail after you apply the Outlook Security Update

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SYMPTOMS

When you send a mail merge to electronic mail (e-mail), or if you attach the Outlook Address Book as the mail merge data source, you receive the following warning message:

A program is trying to access e-mail addresses you have stored in Outlook. Do you want to allow this?

If this is unexpected, it may be a virus and you should choose "No".
If you click Yes, you receive the following message:

A program is trying to automatically send e-mail on your behalf. Do you want to allow this?

If this is unexpected, it may be a virus and you should choose "No"."
This behavior occurs whether you are running Microsoft Outlook in Internet Mode Only (IMO) or in Corporate Workgroup (CW) mode.

CAUSE

This behavior occurs if you have installed the Outlook E-mail Security Update. The Outlook E-mail Security Update provides additional levels of protection against malicious e-mail messages. The update changes the way that Outlook handles attachments and the way that Outlook can be controlled programmatically.

For additional information about this update, please see one of the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, depending on which version of Outlook you have:
262631 OL2000: Information About the Outlook E-mail Security Update
262617 OL98: Information About the Outlook E-mail Security Update

STATUS

This behavior is by design with the Microsoft Outlook E-mail Security Update.

MORE INFORMATION

The Word for Windows Mail Merge feature can normally display merged documents in the following formats:
  • Printer
  • New Document
  • Electronic Fax (if installed)
  • Electronic Mail (if installed)

REFERENCES

For more information about mail merge feature, click Microsoft Word Help on the Help menu, type mail merge in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topics returned.

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Article ID: 263073 - Last Review: September 10, 2004 - Revision: 1.0
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  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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