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    Line breaks (2002/2003)

    Is there some way to stop Outlook from inserting carriage returns in outgoing text email? I have this set to the maximum allowable characters (132) but I'd like to totally eliminate inserted carriage returns and leave the formatting tot he user.

    But why does Outlook HAVE to do this anyway? Every user views his email at different screen resolutions and using different window sizes. Unless you artificially break at something like 50 characters, the email isn't going to look right on every screen, And 50 characters tends to break many URL's, which causes people, especially the inexperienced, all kinds of problems.

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    Re: Line breaks (2002/2003)

    There is no way to prevent Outlook from inserting line breaks if you send mail in plain text format. If you want to avoid it, you can use HTML format instead of plain text, but I am fully aware that that may not be desirable for other reasons.

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    Re: Line breaks (2002/2003)

    Do you know WHY Outlook does this?

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    Re: Line breaks (2002/2003)

    Probably Internet mail standards (RFCs) specify the appropriate line length along with other encoding options. As these were written as long as 20 years ago, they often do not reflect the current state of the art in software and transport reliability. This is not to say that the standards should be abandoned; many organizations still use "internet standard" mail servers.

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    Re: Line breaks (2002/2003)

    In addition to Jefferson's comments remember that before terminals went graphic, the common mononspace characters per line display for low ASCII IBM monitors was 80. See also the setting below, which may serve to annoy you further! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> You'll find it in Outlook 2003 under Tools | Options | Mail Format tab | Internet Format dialog.
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    Re: Line breaks (2002/2003)

    Yes, that dialog was what I was referring to. I have it set to 132 chars (maximum value) now.

    And yes, I think this is some hold-over from the days where everything was physically printed. Punch cards had 80 columns across and 3270 CRT's displayed 80 chars default. Then there were those wide carriage console printers that could print 132 characters.

    But these limits do tend to cause problems with URL's being broken in the middle, so it would be nice if this constraint could be removed.

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