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    Cleaning up mail to forward

    I forward very little that I receive, but once in a while I want to pass along something special.
    If what I've received has already been forwarded several times through different email programs,
    there will be several blue or black vertical lines running down the left side of the page.
    Those lines really make an email look like CRAP, and are a Tell, that the email has been forwarded
    multiple times, so what I'm looking for is an easy way to strip them off of the email, before forwarding it.

    Any suggestions?

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    customers using Windows 7. It's as easy to use as O.E. and sets up quickly.
    "Win-Mail" in Vista is almost identical to Outlook Express and it can be activated in Win-7,
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    You could try Email Stripper . Haven't used it myself since I just position the cursor at the beginning of all the crap I want to delete, hold and drag the left mouse button to select and hit delete.

    Also, you only see the people that have problems with Windows Live Mail, not the many who use it and like it. It really boils down to a user interface preference. Many people like Live Mail's ribbon interface and many hate it. Pick the one you prefer. I use outlook 2007 for my main email account and live mail for my throw away hot mail account for occasions where I need to specify an Email account but don't want to be possibly hit with spam.

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    Block and delete is great for the large address block at the beginning of the email, or a signature at the end, if it exists, but the lines that run the length of the email, along the left margin, do not respond to that technique.

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    Did you try Email Stripper ?

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    No! Have you?

    Or am I the only one in the world that gets emails with blue lines running down the left side of the message?

    Someone, somewhere knows exactly how to get rid of those dang lines, without the guesswork.



    Addendum:

    OK, to be fair, I just now used the program..... on an email with one blue line and one picture.
    The stripper saved only the text, loosing the blue line, but also loosing the picture and all the HTML formatting, without which the email was pretty useless.

    I suppose I could copy just the picture from the original email and then paste it into the cleaned up 'text only' email, before re-sending.

    A workable solution, but not exactly what I'm looking for.

    On analysis, the Stripper doesn't really strip anything. It copies only the TEXT out of the email and leaves everything else.
    Again, not exactly what I'm looking for..... but thanks for the suggestion.
    Last edited by DrWho; 2011-12-15 at 14:10.
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    OK! Now that's more like it!

    It worked flawlessly. It amounts to converting the email into HTML code, where you can 'block & delete' the offending code.
    I understand that and I did clean up one email I was saving as a Test Case.

    Thank you very much! A good find!

    Now I'm wondering if some hacker (programmer) has not written a program to do that same thing, without all the acrobatics.
    Till I find that program, I'll use the method outlined in that link.

    Thanks Mate and Happy Holidays!

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    Update:

    Ok, just playing around, I found an easier way to clean up the email that has blue lines on the left side.

    I right click on the email and "Select All".

    Then I pasted it into MS Word. The blue lines do not show up in Word.

    Then in Word, I clicked Edit and Select All.

    Then I right clicked again and clicked "Copy"

    Then I closed Word and pasted the copied email into a new email in Outlook Express, without the blue lines.

    Now to see if Word can handle pictures in the email.

    Later,

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    Well DrWhat,

    I think deleteing BLOCKQUOTE is easier..
    You don't have to delete the whole line, just the word BLOCKQUOTE...

    In Thunderbird I just click on the SOURCE HTML tab..
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    So, if you just delete the 'BLOCKQUOTE' line, the program will ignore the rest?
    Hmmmmm!

    I see, in the third screenshot, in that article, only the lines that start with "BLOCKQUOTE" are highlighted for deletion. I'll have to try that.


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    It worked for me.
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    This was a real mess, till I cleaned it up.

    No code has to be inserted here.
    The Polite Way to Pee





    During one of her daily classes, a teacher trying to teach good manners, asked her students the following question:

    'Michael, if you were on a date having dinner with a nice young lady, how would you tell her that you have to go to the bathroom?'

    Michael said:
    'Just a minute I have to go pee.'

    The teacher responded by saying:


    'That would be rude and impolite.
    What about you Sherman, how would you say it?'
    Sherman said:
    'I am sorry, but I really need to go to the bathroom. I'll be right back.'


    'That's better, but it's still not very nice to say the word bathroom at the dinner table. And you, little Johnny, can you use your brain for once and show us your good manners?'

    Johnny said:
    'I would say: Darling, may I please be excused for
    a moment? I have to go shake hands with a very dear
    friend of mine, whom I hope to introduce to you after dinner.'


    The teacher fainted.





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    Ok, I'm getting there......

    I repeated the process by taking out only the <BLOCKQUOTE line and leaving everything else.

    So this was the result:

    Subject: Fw: The Polite Way to Pee







    style="BORDER-LEFT: rgb(16,16,255) 2px solid; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px"
    style="BORDER-LEFT: rgb(16,16,255) 2px solid; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px"
    The Polite Way to Pee

    The two lines starting with "style=" remained.
    So obviously, it's better to take out the whole section and not just the one word. At least that's what I'll do, in the future.


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    I'm still messing with it.....

    When I'd only take out the one word "BLOCKQUOTE" I'd have a problem with some misc. code coming out in the email, so after several tests, I finally find that I have to delete the entire block of code, like this:

    <BLOCKQUOTE
    style="BORDER-LEFT: rgb(16,16,255) 2px solid; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px"><BR><BR>
    <DIV id=yiv837270265>
    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0>
    <TBODY>
    <TR>
    <TD vAlign=top><BR><BR>
    <BLOCKQUOTE
    style="BORDER-LEFT: rgb(16,16,255) 2px solid; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px">
    <DIV id=yiv837270265>
    <STYLE type=text/css>#yiv837270265 P {
    MARGIN: 0px
    }


    That also includes the " } " at the bottom of the block of code.

    Now I think I've finally got what I came for.
    After doing it about ten times, I think I can do it now without coaching and without my Crib-Sheet.
    Thanks again, for that great link.

    Merry Christmas!

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