Attachments are not compressed by Outlook 2002

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In addition to sending text messages, Microsoft Outlook 2002 can send attached files with your messages. Including an attachment in a message increases the file size of your message, and can impact transmission speed and create network bottlenecks.

One way to decrease this is with file compression. However, due to e-mail standards, Microsoft Outlook does not compress file attachments.

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The following are the third-party products that perform file compression.

BKZip 98 (Bernd Kemmlers)
Features the ability to create, view, and extract Zip files. Also offers compression levels.

TurboZip (Pacific Gold Coast)
You can work with files in archives and messages without unzipping or decoding. Also offers built-in ActiveX control for WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) viewing of Microsoft Office 97 documents and spreadsheets.

WinZip (Niko Mak Computing, Inc.)
WinZip features built-in support for popular Internet file formats, including TAR, gzip, Unix compress, UUencode, BinHex, and MIME. ARJ, LZH, and ARC files are supported through external programs. Shows Zip files as folders so that you can view the contents without extracting the files. Supports the universal ZIP format, as well as ARJ, LHA/LZH, Z, GZIP, TAR, TAZ, TGZ, CAB, and ZOO. It opens and decode BinHex, UUEncode, XXEncode, and MIME.

ZipOut (MicroEye, Inc.)
ZipOut automatically compresses attachments to Messages, Post, Appointments, Meeting Request, Contact, Distribution List, Journal, and Task items, as well as custom Outlook forms based on these message types. ZipOut operates in both the Internet Only (IMO) and Corporate/Workgroup (CW) modes of Microsoft Outlook 2000. Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information. The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.


Article ID: 291637 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 5.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002 Standard Edition
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