Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Youngstown, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    705
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Display as plain text

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 12-Jan-03 12:10. Snipped from a thread in another forum - I think it more value here in Outlook.)</P>....I receive messages in HTML format, I guess I just can't send them....

    That's one of the things in Outlook that can be a little annoying. You can choose which format to use for messages you create, but you have no control at all over how received messages are displayed. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

    A "Display/Open as Plain Text" option would be a great asset (no malware could be run when the message was opened), no spam pixel-beacons would be triggered, etc., but I don't expect it to ever be built into Outlook.

  2. #2
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Display as plain text

    David, I have a find for you. Ken Slovak's excellent Attachment Options utility includes the ability to allow for reading all email as plain text - however, it only applies to Outlook 2002, SP1. It's finally there....IF you pony up for Outlook XP and patch it up.
    -Mark

  3. #3
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Youngstown, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    705
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Display as plain text

    This looks like it could be a real winner, providing you are using one of the supported versions. I'll stick with my 2000 version for now - one new or enhanced feature may be enough to upgrade some programs but not for me in this case. The Slipstick review you linked to is good, but it also leaves me wondering if it is for Exchange users only (maybe leaving us IMO users stiffed once again).

  4. #4
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Display as plain text

    <hr>it also leaves me wondering if it is for Exchange users only (maybe leaving us IMO users stiffed once again).<hr>
    Nope, it's for all users. I'm using it at home for exactly the reasons you stated. As it relates to features, there were enough combined enhancements in Office XP that I was compelled to upgrade. Among those are smart tags and auto-complete for email addresses (which I hope to see further development of, as you can't clear the list).

    Frankly, I don't see why something like this couldn't be ported to other versions of Outlook, given that HTML email is a "recent" trend. The first email systems didn't know what the heck HTML email was!
    -Mark

  5. #5
    Platinum Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Roanoke area, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    3,729
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Display as plain text

    reasasplain key isonly for Outlook 2002. There is VBA at slipstick, called zaphtml, that can do the same thing - almost - it converts to RTF, not plain text.

    Personally, i find the key a PITA. It converts all html and makes newsletters difficult to read. I prefer Chilton preview for all versions of Outlook - html is displayed as plain text, without all the extra urls, and if i want to see html, i open the message. Since it doesn't support HTML, Chilton preview is 100% safe as a preview pane.

  6. #6
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Display as plain text

    Mary, do you have a link to Chilton? I remember that name from a few years back, it seems. I'd never thought to seek out a preview pane replacement.
    -Mark

  7. #7
    Platinum Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Roanoke area, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    3,729
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

  8. #8
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon, USA
    Posts
    66
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Display as plain text

    MJ,

    I'm having a similar problem.

    I downloaded and installed Chilton Preview as you suggested. Still, when I open some messages, all I see are the attachments:

    The preview of one message in particular shows the following attachments: ATT00000.txt, ATT00001.html, image001.gif, image002.png, inage003.gif, & Meeting.doc.

    Another email from a colleague who always sends messages as HTML simply shows "ATT00000.html" in the preview pane.

    Is this the type of preview I should be getting from Chilton Preview? I'm using Outlook97.

    Thanks.

    Brian

  9. #9
    Platinum Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Roanoke area, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    3,729
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Display as plain text

    outlook 97 does not support HTML. You will always see html as attachments when you use OL97.

    Chilton does not render HTML, which is why many people use it.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •