Setting Outlook Express to Plain Text

Grant Barrett gbarrett at AMERICANDIALECT.ORG
Sat Apr 8 14:19:34 UTC 2000

On Saturday, April 8, 2000, Jerome Foster <funex79 at SLONET.ORG> wrote:
>I don't understand this html problem

The problem is that your email program, Outlook Express, is send
HTML-encoded messages. These are non-standard messages that are not handled well by
some of our list members who use noncompatible software. It'd be great if
you could turn off the HTML-encoding, at least in your messages to ADS-L.

-- If you use Outlook Express for Windows 5.0: Go to the Tools menu within
the program. Choose the Send tab at the bottom. You will then see an item
marked "Mail Sending Format." Make sure the radio button (the round thingy)
next to Plain Text is chosen, that is, has the black bullet next to it. If
you only want to change the formatting message-by-message, once you have a
new message composition window open, you can choose Format from the menu
of that message, then choose Plain Text.

-- If you use Outlook Express for Macintosh 5.0: When you begin composing
a new message, you can go to Format in the menu of the program's main
window and make sure there is NOT a check next to HTML. If there is, choose HTML
from the Format menu to remove that setting. You can also turn it off in
the Options button drop-down menu within the message composition window.

These instructions should be similar for older versions. I hope this isn't
too jargonized.

Grant Barrett
gbarrett at

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