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Trust logic for file attachments

This policy setting allows you to configure the logic that Windows uses to determine the risk for file attachments. Preferring the file handler instructs Windows to use the file handler data over the file type data. For example trust notepad. exe but don’t trust . txt files. Preferring the file type instructs Windows to use the file type data over the file handler data. For example trust . txt files regardless of the file handler. Using both the file handler and type data is the most restrictive option. Windows chooses the more restrictive recommendation which will cause users to see more trust prompts than choosing the other options. If you enable this policy setting you can choose the order in which Windows processes risk assessment data. If you disable this policy setting Windows uses its default trust logic which prefers the file handler over the file type. If you do not configure this policy setting Windows uses its default trust logic which prefers the file handler over the file type.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Attachments # UseTrustedHandlers

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Attachment Manager

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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