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    Outlook Format Control (Outlook 2000 SR-1)

    What controls formatting in OL messages when you a) use html, not plain text, and [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] you paste in formatted text from, e.g., Word? When I do the latter, sometimes the pasted text takes on formatting completely different from what surrounds it in the email (not necessarily the original formatiing it had in Word). A recurring feature is that the pasted text is double-spaced or more, and can't be reset to single.

    I try to select the text and then right-click it and choose format. I make the chanes, hit OK, but the changes don't "take" - the text snaps back to its original format. I try re-pasting and choosing "paste-special", but that option is grayed out.

    Many TIA

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    Re: Outlook Format Control (Outlook 2000 SR-1)

    Hi! Have you tried highlighting the text and then selecting "Normal" in the Styles dropdown box on the Formatting toolbar?

    Hope this helps.
    Gre

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    Re: Outlook Format Control (Outlook 2000 SR-1)

    Hi: Thanks for your suggestion. I played around with the styles for a little bit and discovered the following - if I have pasted a block of text that seems to include the hidden paragraph mark in Word (which carries the attributes of "Normal" formatting in Word - for me that's courier new at 12 pt) - and I highlight that text in Outlook INCLUDING the space just beyond the last word (which in Word would include the paragraph mark) - THAT is what resists/over-rides the attempts to change formatting in Outlook. I have to be careful to highlight JUST from the first character to the last character - then I can apply styles in OL, right-click and change fonts, etc.

    Thanks for your help.

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