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    Changing default formats in Outlook (MS Outlook 2002)

    When I send a new email it defaults to HTML (which I set under Tools->Options->Mail Format. When I go to forward or reply to an email it defaults to Plain Text. Is there a way to set the defaults for the Forward and Reply similar to what I did for the sending of new email? <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

    I realize that I can change them once I have clicked on the Forward or Reply buttons but that only affects whatever I do after that. In the mean time any special formatting that was present in the email that I am sending is lost.
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    Re: Changing default formats in Outlook (MS Outlook 2002)

    It has always been that a reply or forward would default to the fomat (Plain text vs. HTML) that was received.

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    Re: Changing default formats in Outlook (MS Outlook 2002)

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for responding. I was afraid that would be the response. Interestingly enough though, when I reply or forward to someone within my company the emails default to either html or rtf (no real consistency to it that I can decipher).

    Thanks again.
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    Re: Changing default formats in Outlook (MS Outlook 2002)

    That's the originators' format. If you wish, you can actively change the format when you are in Reply or Forward mode, by selecting the message Format from (where else) the Format menu. Be aware that you may seriously munge some of the original layout, especially HTML tables, if you change to Plain Text.
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    Re: Changing default formats in Outlook (MS Outlook 2002)

    Thanks John, that explains a lot. I tried it out and see that I can alter the format after the fact. You think it would have the courtesy to prompt you before hand or allow you to define your preferred output format. I especially love how, if I reply to an RTF email, the only option I have is to convert to plain text. I can not get to html until I make the change to plain text. Once converted I can now select the html option?! Perfectly clear!

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    Re: Changing default formats in Outlook (MS Outlook 2002)

    If you are really obsessive about it, you can copy all the message content (including that from prior senders) into Word, then paste it into a new message with the message format you desire! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> You'll have to reselect all the recipients. I've gone there once or twice when the message content was getting munged up.
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    Re: Changing default formats in Outlook (MS Outlook 2002)

    Are you using Word as your email editor?

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    Re: Changing default formats in Outlook (MS Outloo

    Hi Dave,

    No, I do not use Word to edit/create my emails. I did try changing that option but it did not change how the email format is selected. Is there something that I missed here?
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    Re: Changing default formats in Outlook (MS Outloo

    Where are you changing this "Option"?

    The only way to change a existing email format is to have the email open in your editor and then select from the menu and the Format. When going from HTML to plain text I get a message, see attachment.

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