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Disable Outlook Copy RRS feed

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  •  Hi,

     

    I am trying to control the access of the recipient when they receive email in Outlook. The sender will decide whether to allow the recipient to Reply, Reply All, Forward, Copy, Cut, Paste or Print. When disabled, the recipient can’t perform those functions on that particular email.

     

    I use the code I get from http://www.beesknees.freeserve.co.uk/software/ I am able to disable the Reply, Reply All and Forward function on the recipient. Unfortunately the code does not allow me to disable Copy, Cut, Paste and Print function. There is no method or property in MailItem for me to disable those functions.

     
    So I am thinking of capturing the event for Copy, Cut, Paste and Print. I have gone through the framework for MailItem but does not seems to find any event associates with those function. I can’t find any event associates with those functions in Inspector and Application as well. Then I thought of capturing the right click event and select event but with no success.

     

    I am able to capture the read Event when recipient opens the email for reading. But I am unable to capture any action the recipient perform on the content. Is there a way to capture the right click action in the email content so that I could disable the copy options? I have tried PropertyChange Event but it does not fire when I copy the content of the email.

     

    So my questions are:

    1)      How could I capture the Copy, Cut, Past and Print Event in the email content?

    2)      How could I capture the right-click, Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V Event in the email content?

    3)      Do I need to create a custom form (Form Region) to be able to disable those functions?

     

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    JB

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008 10:04 AM

Answers

  • Hi JB -

    this is hard stuff.
    Preventing copy of text from emails -
    Just an Idea - how about to clear the Clipboard content periodically if a "special" Email is displayed.

    For your scenario consider using DRM - Digital Rights Management.

    As I know there was an Article about using a Keyboard event hook to prevent hard delete.
    Maybe this would work for Ctrl-C etc too. But it's like a Virus / Password Spy - so not friendly for Virus scanners.

    http://weblogs.asp.net/avnerk/archive/2007/04/14/preventing-outlook-from-closing-with-alt-f4.aspx

    However - 
    personally I belive it's not possible to shutdown every possibility to prevent the user from copy text, etc.

    He can do a screenshot e.g.

    Greets - Helmut
     
    Helmut Obertanner [http://www.x4u.de] [http://www.outlooksharp.de]
    • Marked as answer by Tim Li Wednesday, December 17, 2008 2:18 AM
    Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:34 PM
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  • Hi JB -

    this is hard stuff.
    Preventing copy of text from emails -
    Just an Idea - how about to clear the Clipboard content periodically if a "special" Email is displayed.

    For your scenario consider using DRM - Digital Rights Management.

    As I know there was an Article about using a Keyboard event hook to prevent hard delete.
    Maybe this would work for Ctrl-C etc too. But it's like a Virus / Password Spy - so not friendly for Virus scanners.

    http://weblogs.asp.net/avnerk/archive/2007/04/14/preventing-outlook-from-closing-with-alt-f4.aspx

    However - 
    personally I belive it's not possible to shutdown every possibility to prevent the user from copy text, etc.

    He can do a screenshot e.g.

    Greets - Helmut
     
    Helmut Obertanner [http://www.x4u.de] [http://www.outlooksharp.de]
    • Marked as answer by Tim Li Wednesday, December 17, 2008 2:18 AM
    Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:34 PM
    Answerer
  • Thanks Helmut,

    Since the customer does not has plans to invest in RMS server, I have to find a way to satisfy them. :)

    Thanks for the link, now I am looking at alternative to capture the key stroke and mouse click to prevent user from copying.

    JB
    Monday, December 15, 2008 7:42 AM
  • Hi can you please send me the link to DISABLE HARD DELETE with keyboard etc.. to the link riphath@hotmail.com

    "As I know there was an Article about using a Keyboard event hook to prevent hard delete" from you mail.

    with regards

    Repath Athyala.


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