alter the timeout for how long outlook looks for a content-server on an HTML-email?

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no - this is not about timeouts when contacting mail servers.

instead, here's the scenario - you have a beautiful, richly-formatted and image-containing HTML email in your inbox that's trying to pull part of its content from a web-server somewhere...

BUT: for whatever reason that server is unreacheable. this results in the whole program locking up for a LONG TIME, where nothing can be done. i didn't time it exactly, but i guess 2 or 3 minutes before OL stops trying and let's you continue. and if you have preview enabled this 2-3 minutes happens every time you scroll through that message in your inbox.

wouldn't it be neat if we could tell outlook to only try 5 or 10 seconds before giving up?


yups. hosts is not really an option - we don't know where the faulting email is gon' come next from, and we also don't want to prevent viewing the website of said sender sometime in the future when his/her server is back up.

so this 2 mins is hard-coded somewhere - not adjustible by some hack?

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
It's a network timeout - it might be configurable, but would affect all network traffic, not just outlook.

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
if the key doesn't exist, it should use the default - try adding the keys / values and reboot - see if it works.
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