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    Outlook Message Formats

    Hi,
    Can someone explain how I change the format of an existing message (say a reply. If I reply to a plain text, outlook sensibly chooses plain text for the reply, but I want to be able to change back to html.
    Any clues to what I'm missing will be gratefully received.

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    Re: Outlook Message Formats

    format menu of an open message. if the reply is RTF, you need to go to plain text then to html format.

    or are you using word as the mail editor?

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    Re: Outlook Message Formats

    Yeah - you guessed it - I'm using word, so the format menu is basically the word format menu. No such easy solution appears! (to me!)

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    Re: Outlook Message Formats

    According to MS's Knowledge Base, here's how to do it:
    To Change from Plain Text Format to HTML When Forwarding or Replying
    Double-click the message you wish to forward or reply to.
    On the Actions menu, click Forward or Reply.
    On the Format menu, click Rich Text (HTML).
    Format the message as appropriate and send it.

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    Re: Outlook Message Formats

    this applies to OE only. Be aware that OE's use of "Rich Text" is very different than Outlook, which has both "Rich Text" and "HTML" formats. Outlook's rich text is proprietary and the cause of winmail.dat attachments (and lost attachments)

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    Re: Outlook Message Formats

    i don't have access to an ol2000 copy today, but is the menu where the flag and priority icons are fully expanded? if yes and no icon for formats is visible, look in customize toolbars (right click on a toolbar) look through the list of commands available for something, trying styles category for plain text but it could be named something else in your version.

    If it's missing from older versions, it will be in the next version. You can be the first person in the world to actually have a reason for upgrading. Maybe even the only person. [img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Re: Outlook Message Formats

    How surprising that their advice is half-baked!
    I'm sure that's only true if using Outlook's own editor - not word, as I am using.
    Thanks again.

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    Re: Outlook Message Formats

    Dammed if I could see anything - I give up - it doesn't matter this much!

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    Re: Outlook Message Formats

    This is really starting to bug me.
    Does the lounge have a consensus on whether it's worth using word as the email editor?
    I like to so all my autotext & corrections work, but when I'm having discussions with tech people who reply in plain text, I can't reply to them in html to send a graphic.
    I'm dammed if there's anyway of changing the format of a message in wordmail from plaint text to html, yet it's really easy in OL's own editor!!!
    Customizing in a message doesn't let me customise the email toolbar at all so I can only change word menus and toolbars.
    HELP!!!
    PS The best I've just come up with is to edit the incoming message - set it to html & then reply!
    PPS My email message says it's using normal.dot - NOT email.dot.

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