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What file types are blocked by and cannot be opened by Outlook 2016?

File types blocked by Outlook 2016

Outlook 2016 prevents the opening of attachments with potentially unsafe file extensions by blocking nearly 100 different extensions. When you send an email containing an attachment which has a blocked file extension will receive the following message:

This item contains attachments that are potentially unsafe. Recipients using Microsoft Outlook may not be able to open these attachments. Do you want to send anyway?

Recipients using Microsoft Outlook to read an email which contains an attachment with a file extension that Outlook blocks will see the message that the file has been blocked at the top of the email.

Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments...

The CCS Information Security Team also has a list of file types that are blocked as attachments which may be different than the list of attachments blocked by Outlook.  When in doubt, check the Information Security list. The Information Security team uses a tool called IronPort which checks for and blocks incoming mail messages with a banned attachment.

What is the maximum size file attachment that I can send via email?

The maximum size file attachment that you can send via Gryph Mail is 150 MB.

You should also be aware that although a Gryph Mail user can send and receive attachments of up to 150 MB in size, the recipient's email service can also determine whether delivery of an attachment succeeds or fails.

For example:

Limitations sending or receiving email with Google Gmail:

  • Google Gmail users can receive attachments that are only 50 MB or less in size.
  • Google Gmail users can send attachments of only 25 MB or less in size.