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Outlook 2003, adding a signature, when you start a new email I get the following error.  One or more activex controls could not be displayed because either 1. your current settings prohibit running activex controls on this page.  I can not find how to turn on activex in ourlook 2003 so this signature can work.
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Open Outlook.  Go to Tools -> Options.  Click on the Security tab.  In the Security Zones frame, click on Zone Settings.  Under Security Level for this Zone click on Custom Level.  In the window that appears (Security Settings - Restricted Sites Zone" you can Enable, Disable, or Prompt for various types and sources of activex controls.
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Hope I'm not out of place here guys but I had the same problem and Michko's suggestion solved my issue.

Thanks...
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michko:

I enabled all the activex controls in the security and I still get the following message.

Windows Internet Explorer

One or more Activex controls could not be displayed because either:

1) Your current security setting prohibit running Activex controls on this page, or
2) You have blocked a publisher of one of the controls.  

As a result, the page may not display correctly.

the user has added a graphic to the signature and that is why I think the error is occuring.
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mpage -
You accepted my previous answer, yet stated in your last post that you were still having issues.  Is this resolved?  Or do you still need assistance?

Does the user have admin permissions?  They may not be able to change the activex settings.  You may also want to check the security settings under Internet Explorer.

Just FYI, many people consider graphic signatures to be rude.  The graphic will typically take longer to download than the message itself.  The graphic takes up extra space on recipient's hard drives.  Additionally every email someone receives from that user has a separate copy of the graphic.  This from an article on proper email etiquette:  "Signatures should be no more than four lines high, and should focus on the "boring basics" over snazzy graphics or information. Remember: the purpose of a signature is to make it easy for your correspondent to remember you, what you do, and get in touch with you in the future."  http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2004/08/16/focus4.html
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Thanks for the info.  I removed the graphic and the error still occured.  I think that the problem was with that one signature.  I created a new signature and left the graphic off because I could not get it to show correctly.  The signature is working fine now.

Thank you very much of the timely repsonse
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You're welcome, glad to have helped.
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I came across this problem for a number of people who had company logo's in their email, and was only associated with Outlook 2003, anyone with 2007 appeared to be OK. I found that I needed to delete the OBJECT line from the htm signature.
Click on Start and then Run – paste the line you copied into the Run box and hit Enter.

You should see 3 files created for your signature file (in .htm, .txt and .rtf formats).
Open the .htm signature file in Notepadthen go to Edit > Find and type in “object”. You should see that the text editor find part of the signature code that looks something similar to below.

<OBJECT id=ieooui classid=clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D></OBJECT>.

Just remove everything from <OBJECT to /OBJECT> in that part of the file. Once removed, save it.

Go back to Outlook and when you go to send a new message the message should no longer appear.
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