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OUtlook Express - Read Only Plain Text?

Question: OUtlook Express - Read Only Plain Text?

Hello there, hope you can help.

I am running WIn98 (Dont laugh!! lol) and Outlook Express and I have quite a few Yahoo Groups that I run where members can send me email from.

The problem is that I want to be able to have the option of reading any email that arrives in my Outlook Express box as a plain text file, the reason for this is as you know, viruses etc can travel in so many forms and this would be easier for me do without the disadvantage of possible attacks.

I thought it would be as easy as a Read As Plain Text in the Read option but I dont appear to have one.

If it's not possible that way, is there a add on for Outlook Express that will do the job.

All the best.


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Answer: OUtlook Express - Read Only Plain Text?

I use Mailwasher from to preview all of my mail.

A program that makes it easy to make the text setting is Calypso (freeware) from

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My dad recently got a new laptop to replace his five year old beast. On that five year old beast is thousands upon thousands of very important business emails and legal documents. Naturally, he needs to have access to these emails.

Due to his concerns about getting his new laptop up and running, I didn't get to do the logical thing and transfer his old emails and settings over to his new laptop before he started using it. Now, it's been over a month and his new laptop is quickly accumulating new piles of vital emails.

I need to find a way for him to read his old emails quickly and easily.

He uses Microsoft Outlook. I've got the original computer with all the emails on it as well as his new computer. Can I import his old email into Outlook on his new computer without losing any of his new email or overwriting his new settings? Failing that, is there a way for me to view his emails, as saved by Outlook in .dbx files, in plain text?

Note: this isn't a situation where I can just try something and hope it works. My dad's a lawyer and losing a single email can be roughly equivalent to the end of the world. So I'm not going to do anything experimental like trying to import his old emails just to see if it works unless someone knows for sure that it will.

Answer:Read emails in plain text without Outlook

Ah I was going to aim you at a small app that was free but now costs $5 called DBExtract as it will do exactly what you need.

it recovers the emails into a text file, sadly leaves the header and footer info ( email server info etc in the text file )

Worth a look at the app anyhow, their maybe an older free version still knocking around on the net.

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When I set my READ preferences for email in Outlook Express to plain text by checking the box under OPTIONS/READ, it keeps reverting to html mail by unchecking the box. I have pressed OK, pressed APPLY, have closed and restarted OE -nothing seems to help.Can anybody advise me?

Answer:Plain text in Outlook Express

If you look up Plain Text Formatting in OE's Help files and then click on "To change the font, style, and size of text" you should find out where you are going wrong.

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Under 'tools' - 'options' - 'read'tab I have an option box to tick to "Read in plain text only". I run Win. XP Pro. My friend, who runs Win. 98 does not have this box. I've tried reinstalling but to no effect. I'm beginning to believe that it has something to do with running W98. Can anyone throw any light on this?

Answer:OE 6 - Read in plain text only

Does your friends Win98 run OE6 or OE5That could be the differenceCheers de Art

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I'm using Outlook 2003. Sometimes, when I reply to or forward a message, the format changes from "HTML" or "rich text" to "plain text", thus losing all colour and font information.

Does Outlook have an option to prevent this?

Answer:Outlook switches to plain text

The format is based on the senders options in the received email.

Remember that if the sender has chosen plain text, even if you respond in HTML it will probably be stripped out at their end.

A good artlicle here:

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HelloI have a strange problem with Outlook (2003) and Plain Text messages which I hope you can help me with.I have a PHP file which automatically forwards a txt file to a given email address, however the formatting is lost when it arrives in my copy of outlook. I've tried various difference copies PCs with the following results:-PC 1 - Outlook 2003 (11.8217.8221) SP3 + Vista  = Does not workPC 2 - Outlook 2003 (11.8217.8221) SP3 + Vista    = WorksPC 3 - Outlook 2003 (11.8217.8221) SP3 + Vista    = WorksPC 4 - Outlook 2000 + XP = Does not workIf the email is sent to me via an email forwarding filter (e.g googlemail) it then arrives fine at my end.Example - File as it leaves the serverText Line 1     2    3.00Text Line 2     1    3.45Text Line 3     4    1.25   etcDirect to my outlook I get :- Text Line 1     2    3.00   Text Line 2     1    3.45 Text Line 3     4    1.25  Everybody else and via googlemail to me: -Text Line 1     2    3.00Text Line 2     1    3.45Text Line 3     4    1.25Any ideas what flag / setting I have wrong somewhere?

Answer:Outlook and Plain Text Formatting

What is the mail format set to on the machines?Tools > Options > Mail FormatSome could be set to Plain and the others to Rich or HTML

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I have Outlook 2003 and I have two problems:

1. When replying to HTML emails, my reply automatically becomes HTML formatted despite having set Outlook to create all new messages, forwards, and replies in Plain Text. What gives?

2. When replying to a Plain Text email, my signature is not automatically inserted. My signature is in Plain Text. What the..? But if I reply to a HTML email, it inserts my signature.

Any ideas?

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I am asking this on behalf of a friend. She says:

I am running Windows XP on a stand alone PC. I have recently bought and installed Office XP Professional.

Until now I have used Outlook Express for all my e-mail. I now would like to use Outlook 2002, but find when I send a message that was composed in HTML, it converts it to plain text. They are still in HTML in the 'Sent Folder' but are always received in Plain Text. I have tested this by sending to myself and to several others, who normally would receive HTML messages from me.

I have checked all the settings...Tools/Options/Mail Format Tab...'Compose in this Message Format'...HTML etc.

I have used Detect and Repair, and have Re-Installed Office. I would really appreciate any suggestions.
This has got me stumped. Does anyone have any suggestions to try?

Answer:Outlook 2002 Converts To Plain Text

It kinda happens to me too. Some messages I get in HTML, others i get in text - which were suposed to be in HTML.
I have a theory that it's because that HTML onces have something like this in front of them
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">

And the html onces that show up like text don't.
Perhaps it's because only programs that make HTML emails can get though as HTML.

Anyone else have any idea's on this?

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Is it possible to have Outlook pick a signature to use based on the email style formatting (HTML or Plain Text)?

For example if it was HTML the company logo will show, if it isn't the company name will be written in plain text.

Answer:Outlook Signatures for Plain Text and HTML

Yes, it generates 3 different files. <signature name>.htm, <signature name>.rtf, and <signature name>.txt. The appropriate file is used depending on the format of the message you send. Check %appdata%\Microsoft\Signatures.

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When I send an email to several individually named recipients, some are able to see an embedded gif and some get it as plain text. Is there something I should change in my settings to avoid this? I am running Windows XP Pro and Outlook 2003. Thank you!!

Answer:Outlook 2003: HTML to Plain Text

If some are receiving it properly, then the problem is not at your end, the ones who are seeing it as plain text need to change their settings to allow HTML and to show images.

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Good Morning, I have a issue that I would like to put out there for discussion.... I have a customer with a Windows 7 Home Premium notebook, and he is using Outlook 2003 to read his email. He receives one email a day from the same sender that when read the email is basically in code, with no photos, icons, etc.. and at the top of the email it says "plain text". Now I would assume that the sender for some reason it sending the email in "plain text" but he claims that his old notebook (Dell with XP) and the other users in his office receive the email just fine.

Any Ideas?


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Quote: Originally Posted by Golden

I think that might be the problem - their ISP, for whatever reason, converts their email to plain text. It also could be that your ISP converts any mail from their ISP to plain text.

Unfortunately, there isn't much/anything that can be done about that.


I have two addreses. One provided by my ISP and the other my web host - which we just switched this past weekend. I have spoken to the latter and asked if there is any setting they se anywhere that could convert HTML to text and naturally the answer was no.

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I'm using Outlook 2010 64bit as my client to my Hotmail account. On my previous computer, I had the same setup only 32 bit Outlook 2010 and it worked fine. On my new build, some but not all, HTML emails are being rendered as plain text. It seems to be more common if the client is running as opposed to starting the client. The emails are not specific to any sender and the weird thing is that I can move those emails that aren't rendering correctly to a temp folder in Outlook, sync with Hotmail, go to the Hotmail web interface and move those emails back to the inbox from the temp folder, resync and they show up rendered as HTML in my Outlook client. That tells me that it isn't the emails themselves. I have found no other way for Outlook to recognize these emails as HTML once they have been opened in the client. Weird no?

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I create html emails and sent out through outlook 7 but when recieved they are plain text with attachments for graphics. Yet, they appear html in outlook 7! It started fine but issues started this past week. HELP! I love my html!

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I monitor an email group using Outlook 2000 for applcation support here at the office. Sometimes when I respond to an email that was sent by another user, and also replay to the group server, the main group server rejects it and says I am not sending plain text. I do have Outlook set to send pain text. Under "Options" "Mail Format" I have "plain text" selected. When this happens it is when I am responding to an email that someone else has sent to the group. His email was accepted by the server so it was obviously "Plain text", but something is happening when I reply to it that adds something to convert it from plain text, or at least the email server thinks it is no longer plain text. (This is a private group, and not a Yahoo group or such as that). Does anyone have a clue as to what might be happening here?

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Hai everyone. Might need help from you expert guys. Todays I received a calles from user who having problem on her outlook 2003 which was situation is weired to us. The problem what she faced on her outlook is the plain text or body content of the email the alignment was improper order after she sending out this email to other user.

I have check her outlook setting to determine whether she using HTML format sending out her email. After checking she does using HTML format sending out the email. Problem was we are not sure what is actual problem causing this. Receiver email also received the same result of improper order alignment on email body content as what she sending to them.

Do you guys have any solution for this? Or you need some screenshot?

For example: I draft my email with point form method at Outlook there such as

1. xxxxxxxxxxxxx
2. xsxxxxxxxxxxx
3. xdxxxxxxxxxxx
4. xexxxxxxxxxxx
5. xwxxxxxxxxxxx

After sending to other user including myself the body content become

1. xxxxxxxxxxxxx
2. xsxxxxxxxxxxx
​3. xdxxxxxxxxxxx
4. xexxxxxxxxxxx
5. xwxxxxxxxxxxx


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Windows XP
Outlook 2003 (POP3, no exchange server)

I have a user on our network who is experiencing a really long lag time for printing plain text emails, but not for HTML emails. All other applications (Word, IE, etc) are also printing fine. The lag time can be up to several minutes, and he's found that when he does a ctrl alt delete it will prompt the printing window to come up (with the task manager), and then he can print. It's not a debilitating problem, but it's really annoying. I've already tried deleting and recreating the outlprnt file, but to no avail.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Is there a way to set Outlook (2002) to send Plain Text Emails through a certain account?

I just started a work at home position, and they like any emails that are sent through their accounts to be plain text. I've already set it so that if I am sending an email to 'so and so' it will send it in plain text. However, there are times I will be emailing customers, and I obviously don't have their email addresses ahead of time. Besides manually changing it to plain text, is there a way to set the work accounts to only send plain, without changing my personal accounts?


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Im running MS Outlook 2002 and recently I changed the setting in the registry (ReadPlainText Value=1) and I am still receiving messages in HTML. Not all, but sometimes especially from spammers.

I DO NOT want to receive messages in HTML in Outlook 2002. How could I double check the settings again to make sure of this, or how could I even test it myself?

I read an article that you have to do the following to Enable to RECEIVE messages in Plain Text. I did the registry value change though. But once I download this download ZIP file, what do I do with it after I extract the ZIp file??? And where should I save this ZIP file before downloading??? Here are the instructions that I do not really understand:

In Outlook 2002, you must download the latest service pack and add a setting in the registry. Instructions on how to do this is here:;en-us;307594
Ensure you have the latest service pack already installed and you can download and apply this registry patch: ~ 330 bytes

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My office recently upgraded to Office 2007. By default, Outlook is configured to convert all incoming messages to plain text. This is a setting that we do not have the rights to change. However, when we used to have Outlook 2003 all the emails that were originally in HTML format could be converted back to HTML once we opened up the email and verified it was a trusted email. There was simply a "convert this to HTML" option that would show up somewhere in the header. This is no longer the case in Outlook 2007.

I can't for the life of me figure out how to convert the text to HTML on INCOMING emails. Outgoing isn't a problem. I've even tried editing the incoming email or forwarding it and then converting to html but it doesn't display properly. Any images that were in the email can only be viewed one at a time by clicking directly on the picture link, but not with the rest of the email.

Any ideas?

Answer:Convert plain text email to html - Outlook 2007

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I'm a new user to Outlook 2003. My question is can I set up outlook somehow to automatically format my responses to be in HTML format, regardless of the format of the original email I received? I think this was an option in Outlook 2000, but I can't find that particular setting in 2003...

The reason I'd like to do this is because my signature is automatically placed in every reply, but in responses to plain text messages the signature looks very...plain.

A different but related subject - if I were to set up email messages to NOT automatically insert a signature, can I then insert the signature on my own? In Outlook 2000 I could go to "Insert" and select a signature, but there is not signature option in the Insert pull down menu in 2003 emails.


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My incoming messages are being automatically converted to plain
text. I have tried some of the "help" stuff to no avail.

I work at a school system where all messages are routed.

Never had this problem before. My computer crashed, and athe tech loaded this new computer, which has been doing this automatic convert to plain text.

Thanks so much for your help.

Answer:Windows 2007 Outlook--Automatically converting to plain text?

Open Outlook and look at the following setting:

Tools > Trust Center > Email Security

Under Read as Plain Text, untick "Read all standard mail as plain text",
then click'OK'.

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We use Outlook 2007 in our office. About two weeks ago, all of the emails I have been sending to the boss have been arriving in her Inbox as Plain Text. This morning she didn't receive the new staff member's email contact info I attached to a group message...everyone else in the office received my message in HTML, with the attachment, no problem.
I did some surfing this afternoon...found suggestions to check Email Settings under Trust Centre in Outlook...not the problem. Also found some allusions to AVG being the problem, checked those settings, again...not the problem.We need to get this sorted ASAP.
Thanks very much for your help!

Answer:Solved: Outlook suddenly changing HTML to plain text

More surfing last night found this...

Open the Contacts folder in Outlook. Double-click the contact you want to change.
Double-click the contact's email address.
Uncheck "Send plain text only" in the "Internet Format" box. Press "OK."

When I got to work this morning and looked, sure enough...Send Plain Text only had somehow gotten checked. I unchecked it, sent a test message and all is good again.


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I'm trying to resolve a problem for a client who is using Outlook 2000. They use the HTML format in their emails as they have a nifty signature and use other HTML options. They also print these emails. When they print, the formatting of the email is different from what is on the screen. Once I switch the email to plain text, the onscreen appearance resembles the printout, but the signature is also converted leaving a mess. There is no line wrapping on the printout (in HTML mode) either and some parts are printed off the page.
Thanks for any advice.

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My Outlook is possessed! Not all the time but random times and messages, it changes the email message from html format to plain text and deactivates the links inside the message.
Does anyone have a clue why and how to fix it? Thanks! Alan

Answer:Outlook - changing html to plain text and removing links

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When Outlook calendar invitations are sent to certain recipients, they receive a plain text email as opposed to an actual iCal file. I have been doing my research on this, but have yet to find an answer. In order to narrow down the problem, I did a tightly controlled experiment:

I have Outlook configured to access email from several different POP3 servers, with all mail being directed to the same PST file. The first POP3 server is on my personal domain - I have a Linux-based VPS where the site is manage. The second POP3 server is a GoDaddy server.

Sent via my personal domain:
I created a first event in my Calendar and invited myself (personal domain). The message in the Sent folder is a proper iCal invitation and the invitation that I received is a proper iCal invitation. I then created a second event in my Calendar and invited myself (GoDaddy domain). The message in the Sent folder is a proper iCal invitation and the invitation that I received is plain text.

Sent via the GoDaddy domain:
I created a first event in my Calendar and invited myself (personal domain). The message in the Sent folder is a proper iCal invitation and the invitation that I received is a proper iCal invitation. I then created a second event in my Calendar and invited myself (GoDaddy domain). The message in the Sent folder is a proper iCal invitation and the invitation that I received is a proper iCal invitation.

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Answer:Outlook 2010 calendar invite being recieved as plain text

I left out one, potentially important bit of info: Outbound emails from my server are routed through MandraillApp. Some further testing seems to suggest that MandraillApp is the culprit. Has anyone else seen this behavior? If so, any suggestions for resolving the problem?

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I have been using Office 2007 since, well, 2007 or so. Suddenly, the font size I see when composing a plain text e-mail in Outlook is huge. This started around 2 weeks ago. At first I thought it was a problem with my Windows 7 Theme. But I reverted to the default theme and I still see this. I am baffled why this started happening and how to make it stop. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Answer:Huge plain text font composing e-mail in Outlook 2007

Run this You Tube video on how to change your font size.

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Okay, I have a nice corporate email signature on the bottom of each email.

It looks great in HTML,
I have also check inside the txt and rich signature files inside
to make sure it looks good in those formats. and it would seem okay in those files.

When I open a new message to compose in outlook, it auto opens in html. when I change this
to rich text, there is an error>
it repeats my web address and also reveals and web address from my past company!

how is this hidden, and how can i remove it?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Problem with html Signature in outlook 2003, when seen in plain/rich text.

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Outlook 2007 has begun to behave strangely.

Plain text messages received do not display in the font selected in Tools>Options>Mail Format>Stationery & Fonts>Composing and reading plain text messages

These incoming messages are suddenly displaying in a smaller font, Time New Roman 10 (or some paragraphs Tahoma 10) even though the more readable default font Consolas 10.5 is still set there.

No changes to font and size in that dialogue have any effect at all on *received* plain text messages (but new *created* messages respond to changes made in the dialogue)

Created plain text messages correctly use Consolas 10.5 or any other setting when selected, the problem is only received plain text messages.

Anyone have a clue?

Answer:Outlook 2007 display plain text messages options voided

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Am using Vista Home Premium and Outlook 2003.

Sometimes, but not always (even during the same send/receive) Outlook 2003 converts incoming HTML email to plain text. This has been happening on and off for the last three weeks.

Outlook options are set to NOT convert to plain text and to use Outlook as email editor, with html for new messages. There are no add-ins or com options installed.

Like I said, this doesn't happen all the time, but does happen every time from one particular address. I've check with him and all other people sent the same email received it OK.

Am also using Avira Antivir for email virus scans.

Help would be appreciated!


Answer:Outlook 2003 sometimes converts incoming HTML email to plain text


I wondered whether you'd had any luck with your problem as I have exactly the same. The email that converts to plain text is always a gmail account and if I read the mail through my secure webmail account, I don't have the problem.

Did you manage to sort out the problem?


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I have my default email format set to .html. When I compose a new message it looks like everything's working just fine. I send my .html message and even in my sent box, it shows that my .html message formatted properly. However, when others open my messages, they have been converted to plain text. I've checked my office-mates computers and they do not have the setting "convert incoming messages to plain text" so that can't be the problem. I've tested it with 5 people using Outlook who can receive .html messages just fine. I've tested it with my Yahoo address to. For some reason, Outlook is converting my .html (and Rich Text too) email messages into plain text. Everyone else in the office sends and receives html email with a nicely formatted signature just fine. Why can't I? Please help!

I'm running Windows XP with Office 2003 SP 2.


Answer:Solved: Outlook 2003 Bug - html outgoing emails converted to plain text

Do you have any anti-virus software running on the PC? Some antivirus software may install an Outlook add-in that may convert the message to plain text to avoid spreading of viruses. Check under your "Add-Ins" and disable them all to see if one of the add-ins is causing the problem. If you are on an Exchange server the admin may have also disabled this functionality.


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Hi, I haven't found an answer to this yet, so I'm opening another thread.

I'm using Outlook 2003 in Win 7, and occasionally emails arrive (from gmail and hotmail accounts) that should be HTML but have been converted to plain text, with all the background HTML code (makes for long messages) and none of the pictures or graphics the sender sent.

It happens occasionally - mail from the same source sometimes comes through as HTML, and sometimes is converted to plain text and un-readable.

The Read All Standard Mail In Plain Text cb has always been clear; I don't have any add-ins installed; don't have AVG installed (I don't have any anti-virus programs installed at the moment).

Anyone have any other ideas I can try?

Answer:Outlook 2003 sporadically converts incoming HTML mail to plain text

It depends on how the sender is sending the email. Do all other emails from all other sources come in in the correct format?

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I am just wondering as to which one is better to work with through a POP3 account with Yahoo. Like which one has the better/more options and so on.

Answer:Outlook express vs. Plain Outlook

Microsoft explains it here:;en-us;257824

I use OE at home and never considered Outlook. If security is a problem, you might want to consider Outlook.


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I've tried dozens of programs. I've websearched for hours. I now come to you on bended knees. First problem: I want to be able to set a hotkey, that inserts a pre-defined line of text into any text editor. I want to do a bunch of different ones. Say, ALT+SHIFT+D = [email protected], and ALT+SHIFT+C = I love you too, honey. I want to be able to do this so I don't have to get carpal tunnel typing in the exact same same word or phrase hundreds of times a week. I couldn't find a program that worked like this, or I couldn't figure out how to make it work (like AutoHotKey... I read the first page of their tutorial three times and each time I needed an aspirin afterwards), because I am not a propeller head and thus incapable of wrapping my mind around any language that isn't the king's English. Second problem: I want to be able to copy plain text and paste as plain text, but I do not want to CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+C or WINDOWS+V. [<Removed link by Moderator - ETAF> I just want to CTRL+C, CTRL+V like I've done my entire life. Like I've said, I tried a bunch of them, and the few that let you choose the hotkey, for some unfathomable reason pout and stick their noses in the air when you ask them politely to set it to CTRL+C or CTRL+V. Thank you and have a great week!

Answer:Two things: CTRL+C plain text, and hotkey to insert text?

i have removed the link - as normally this would be considered spam - not sure why you posted the link

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Sorry if this is in the wrong forum. I couldn't find "software" or "other problems".

I've tried dozens of programs. I've websearched for hours. I now come to you on bended knees.

First problem: I want to be able to set a hotkey, that inserts a pre-defined line of text into any text editor. I want to do a bunch of different ones. Say, ALT+SHIFT+D = [email protected], and ALT+SHIFT+C = I love you too, honey. I want to be able to do this so I don't have to get carpal tunnel typing in the exact same same word or phrase hundreds of times a week. I couldn't find a program that worked like this, or I couldn't figure out how to make it work (like AutoHotKey... I read the first page of their tutorial three times and each time I needed an aspirin afterwards), because I am not a propeller head and thus incapable of wrapping my mind around any language that isn't the king's English. :)

Second problem: I want to be able to copy plain text and paste as plain text, but I do not want to CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+C or WINDOWS+V. Big no. I just want to CTRL+C, CTRL+V like I've done my entire life. Like I've said, I tried a bunch of them, and the few that let you choose the hotkey, for some unfathomable reason pout and stick their noses in the air when you ask them politely to set it to CTRL+C or CTRL+V.

Thank you and have a great week!

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I have written several documents and forgot to save them in the correct
plain text format. Now ehen I try to open these documents they come up in a long unrecognizable form. IIs there any way to convert these files to a regular readable "text" format??? Thanks!


Answer:Format from ODT text to just plain text

Load them into the original program that created them (OpenOffice) and Save As...

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I have a customer who is having problems receiving text emails.
When a text email is sent to her the body is blank. However if I send her a html email she can read it fine.

What would cause this? What are some things I can look at to fix this?

I have looked through the tools>options and didnt find anything that would seem to cause this.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Can't read text emails in Outlook

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I am able to download by emails in outlook express which will show me who they are from, the subject and date sent. When I double click on them they are very slow to open and there is no context in the email. In other words I can't see the message that was sent in the email. I also clicked on emails that have been deleted and the same thing happens. I sent an email to myself and had the same results. If I check my email on the website for the company that hosts my email I can open and read the messages with no problem.

I googled this problem and found a solution that said to click on start, then run and enter the following info noregsvr32 inetcomm.dll , however it didn't work.

I have also done the following to try and correct this problem, run my virus problem twice, run error check and defragmentation, run started computer several times. Also called the company that hosts my email and they had no solution.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:No text in Outlook Express

have you tried uninstall,reboot reinstall

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some of my incoming email is a single line, off the screen. I know how to adjust word wrap on sending. But is there anything I can do to ensure that all my incoming email is window width? Thanks, Zaddeo

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I'm running XP home edition SP3, and I can no longer read the contents of my emails (except for the default ID). Only the hourglass icon appears in the preview pane or in the email body when an email is opened up. This happens in all my email folders.

Have tried Start, Run, regsvr32 inetcomm.dll (with OE closed) and have had no joy. Have also tried opening a new ID, problem shows in this as well. Only way I've found to at least view emails is for a physical reboot, rather than a restart.

Any ideas would greatly be appreciated.

Answer:No text in Outlook Express

If you have IE7 installed on your system try this:

In IE7 go to 'Tools'>>"Internet Options'

Click on the 'Advanced' tab

Click on the 'Reset' button

Before resetting IE7 read this:

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Question: plain text

Having selected plain text, as per PC Advisor page 96, I now have a attachment clip shown with almost all my received mail? Why is this? (Win XP/SP2 and Outlook Express 6)thanks,highsidePSThanks to mag for XP SP2 CD.

Answer:plain text

resolved excellent answers thanks

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In my Outlook Express 6 I have some missing text. After going to Options/Read, I have no "Display message in plain text" displayed, therefore, four lines instead of five.How do I restore this text to the programme?

Answer:Outlook Express missing text !


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When creating, forwarding, or replying an email; the text field does not open automatically. It must be expanded manually. What is my problem? Thank you.

Answer:Outlook Express Text field

Have you tried this.

make Windows Mail or Outlook Express open email messages to windows that make use of all the available screen space automatically:

Open any email in its own window by double-clicking it in its folder.
Make sure the window is not maximized.
Move the window so that its top left corner coincides with the top left corner of your screen.
Grab the handle in the window's bottom right corner with the mouse and drag it to the bottom right corner of the screen.
Close the message window

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hi help please seem to have lost the ability for the text to wrap around in outlook express, ? is there any setttings to make this feature work again. system xp sp2 greatful for any help.

Answer:wrap around text in outlook express

Sending Plain Text: Outlook Express 5.0 - 6.0click here

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I started an email in a reduced width window then saved it to draft. Later I re-opened it in full screen and added more text. But while the new text flows out to the full width of the window the original text remains at the original window width. If I drag the width back in towards it it will re-flow once the window becomes narrower than the original width but then stop when the width is increased past that value.What is going on and how to I fix it?

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Hi , when I compose an email i use the smallest size of font but when i try to print an email that i have received the print is really large ,How can i reduce the size of the type on email print outs.Regards

Answer:Outlook Express Text too large

Try reducing the text size in Internet Explorer - View > Text Size.

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Hi all,I have just written a message in O.Expres v6. As I wrote it, the size of the text was in different sizes.I usually write e-mails in size 12 Times New Roman.Some lines of text were in size 10. When I tried to change it,,,, it wouldn?t ! The stuff in size 12 was still formatable,,,, but the stuff in size 10 would get bigger or smaller.If I go to the end of a formatable line, & carry on typing, all is o.k,,, but if I hit enter (new line) I get the UN formatable bit,,,,,,, then a couple of lines down, will revert to formatable,,,, & so on.The only time I have come across anything similar is when I am trying to change a third parties text when replying etc. In this case, it?s a clean, new e-mail.I deleted it all & started afresh,,,, with the same result.I came out of O.Express & started again - again, same results.It's never done this before.thanks for reading

Answer:Formatting text in Outlook Express

Marg7: thanks for that.I do get the dot at Normal. I can't seem to replicate the anomaly at present.Maybe it was just a glitch at that moment - but I expect it will show up again - in which case I will check this suggestion again.Thanks for the help

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I am unable to highlight text within email in OE (for cut and paste purposes) as I was previously able to do. Is there a setting I may have inadvertently changed?

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this may seem nuts but i cannot get my text to appear in the text box of my emails when trying to send or reply using outlook express ver 5. i can type addresses, i can type subject info, but when i go to the text area, nothing appears, the cursor prompt does not advance. i have checked the text color and it is to the default (black). it was working normally until one day it stopped. has anyone heard of this? can anybody help me?
thanks for your time.

Answer:Text not appearing in Outlook Express 5

What might you have done before this started occurring?

What encoding are you using? Tools>Options>Read>Fonts, encoding.

In OE, Tools>Options>Send, do you have Include message in reply checked?

Have you tried creating a new identity to see if it occurs there also?

Does this occur in HTML and in plain text?

[This message has been edited by EAFiedler (edited 08-13-2000).]

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Hi there,
I'm having a problem with my Outlook Express in my Win Xp home. I couldn't see any colour text in my OE. When i change my text colour in any mails, what i see is black. There isn't any colour appear on my OE. This happens even when i receive email, any colour text just doesn't appear in my outlook express. All i see is just black colour. Anyway i can reset my entire OE? I tried remove it and re-install it but it's just the same..

Answer:Outlook Express with no text colour

The first step to repairing OE is to Run the System File Checker

Go to the Run box on the Start Menu and type in:

sfc /scannow ( sfc if not reconized) (Note that there is a space between sfc and /scannow)

This command will immediately initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files and verify their integrity, replacing any files with which it finds a problem.

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When I am working in Outlook Express (5.0) or in IE (5.01)writing messages, sometimes I need to go back and correct an error. Some of the time it corrects the problem, while moving the text ahead it, but sometimes (and this is my problem) as I correct the error, it does NOT move the text ahead- it types over it!!!! I either cut and paste the text after I fix the problem or put the cursor at the end of the misspelled word, and hit enter to get the rest of the line to go to the next line under it, till I can correct the problem, then I hit the space bar, then I hit delete to bring the line back up. Thanks for any info!

Answer:Correcting text in Outlook Express & IE

Well, I'll recommend the obvious first, which would be, when it's typing over the text (i.e., instead of moving it ahead), try hitting the "Insert" key, which toggles between overwriting text and inserting text.

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Hello Everyone,

I'm trying to assist a friend in solving a problem that seems to have cropped up between he and one other person he exchanges email with. Here are the details:

OS: Windows 98 SE
Outlook Express 6.0
Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1
Dial-up ISP (local)

OS: Windows 98 (Original)
Outlook Express 6.0
Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1
Dial-up ISP (Earthlink)

When SECOND MACHINE sends email using Outlook Express to FIRST MACHINE the text of the email is not viewable to FIRST MACHINE when the email is opened. This happens regardless of if the email was sent in rich text format or not. The problem does not occur when FIRST MACHINE sends email to SECOND MACHINE but if SECOND MACHINE replies then the text is unviewable to FIRST MACHINE.

SECOND MACHINE has upgraded their Internet Explorer and Outlook Express from version 5.5 to version 6.0 SP1. SECOND MACHINE has also disabled rich text when sending mail.

This is a rather puzzling and any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Outlook Express not showing Text

Not sure if this is really necessary, but in OE check Tools and Options and look in the Send tab for Mail Sending Format.

They may have to be matched between machines?????

Doesn't sound reasonable, but with MS you never know

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How can I change my Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 email client so that it doesn't read incoming HTML emails as Plain Text? This is mucking up any embedded URLs contained within them.I've tried unticking the Read all emails as Plain Text option, still no change.Help please!Thank you

Answer:HTML from Plain Text

Quite a few AVs can lose the HTML and replace it with plain text. Might be worth checking your AV settings.

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Now I have BT broadband, I use Yahoo for e-messages. I have noticed recently that I can't change the format to plain text, whichI need to be able do occasionally when contacting group lists. Can anyone help me solve this puzzle please?

Answer:Plain Text Using Yahoo

Perhaps I should have explained that when I click on the option of plain text, a message appears at the foot of the screen saying 'javascript:Switch' and this is followed by an upright oval outline.

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Hi, just reading another thread on here, about inserting pictures into emails in outlook, I have outlook and have never used it, and sure enough you can insert pics without making them attachments, but it is in HTML, whatever that to the question :-).... if i send emails in HTML, what difference does it make to the person i send it to, hope that makes sense.thanks

Answer:Plain text or HTML ??

HTML means it will come out the other end as a webpage.As most PC's can resolve such format,means the recipients aren't stuck with an email in a format that they cannot use/view.

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I recently read that if you set your email settings to receive mail in plain text you won't receive spam because most spammers send mail in HTML. Is this true? What is the difference in how plain text and HTML text appears in an email and is there a disadvantage in using plain text?

Answer:Plain Text or HTML?

If you use HTML email, it is easier for spammer to tell if you viewed the email. That way they know they have a valid email address.

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Question: Plain text links

Somrtimes I receive e mails in plain text and they state 'click on this link to etc. etc.. ..... and it doesn't work. Not the usual blue highlighted link. Why is this and have I set something up incorrectly?Thanks

Answer:Plain text links

are there any spaces in the links ?this: http: //www. anything.comis the same as click here

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Question: Html or Plain Text

Considering using SpyPig for tracking my email, but it requires HTML. I am using OE with Plain Text. What will be the result of my using HTLM instead of Plain Text?geedad

Answer:Html or Plain Text

Nasties can hide in HTML but not in plain text. Unless it is essential that you know whether your e-mails have been read or not it may be worthwhile going for the safe (plain text) option. After all SpyPig is "intended just for fun".

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Hi all,

I wanna ask how to add other plain text fonts other than the default choices in IE9/10 "Appearance" option, any way to go? Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to add plain text font in IE9/10?

Hello tkrojam,

The fonts available for IE9/10 "Appearance" option use the same fonts that are included by default and installed for Windows. Installing a plain text .ttc font you like, will have it added to the list.

Fonts - Install

Hope this helps,

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okay! heres my problem i called sympatico to see if they could help me with this little problem and they told me to contact microsoft and ask for support there yet! i do not have a support number for microsoft! im new at all this computer stuff! so if someone can help me ! i would be really pleased! outlook express everytime i open it i have to type in my password i do and then it pops up again repeatedly! and i went to tools and accounts and thats the only email addy i have there under the mail tab! also when the tech person told me to click on properties he asked if there was a check mark on remember password and i said yes! he then told me it was a software problem if someone can please help me email me at the addy shown! if not please write back also this is the message that shows up everytime i try to login and doesn't work!

"The host '' could not be found. Please verify that you have entered the server name correctly. Account: '[email protected]', Server: '', Protocol: SMTP, Port: 25, Secure(SSL): No, Socket Error: 11004, Error Number: 0x800CCC0D"

please help!

Answer:Outlook express! read more!

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Im not really sure what happened, but I seem to have lost the feature to copy and paste text (or even highlight text) when I am typing an email or replying. No matter what I do, I cannot highlight any text at all. This works for other programs of mine, but has stopped for outlook express. Seems like the only option I can do now is right click on the letter and choose select all.

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?

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I have Windows XP Home Edition. When I type a message in Outlook Express the type shows small on the monitor. It is 10 point. As I type two or three lines it stays small until I get on the fourth line and then it appears larger. Also the curser starts out where it should be right after the letter but as I type two or three lines the curser moves ahead more spaces. You are never sure where the letter is when you want to erase a character. I know this is a small problem but when I had my old computer with Windows 98 it never happened. Thanks for any help you might give mel!

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I use Outlook Express 6 and have Xp home.
Recently my text size looks much larger. I have it set to Ariel 10.
Made it the smallest (which still looks large my end) But am getting told nobody can read my mail its too small.
Please help.

Answer:Solved: Outlook Express 6 text looks bigger

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A couple of people that I've sent email messages to have told me that all text in the messages gets distorted into a few unintelligble symbols. Some people have even thought that I was writing in a foreign language, which of course, I wasn't. I'm at a complete loss to understand what could be causing this. I have Outlook Express 5.50, Internet Explorer 5.1, my ISP is Prodigy, my Operating System is Windows 98 SE.

Thank you for any insight you may have.

Answer:Message text distortion in Outlook Express

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Im not really sure what happened, but I seem to have lost the feature to copy and paste text (or even highlight text) when I am typing an email or replying. No matter what I do, I cannot highlight any text at all. This works for other programs of mine, but has stopped for outlook express. Seems like the only option I can do now is right click on the letter and choose select all. I always had the ability to type within reply emails and copy and paste text until I downloaded Windows SP2 patch.

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?

Answer:Cannot copy and paste text in Outlook Express

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I have a huge volume of messages piled during the last years I would like to move into a CD or an external HD, while I relase my OE from the unnecessary size of so many messages. Do you have any idea what software or program can I use to have these messages filed into a readable format quite like you read them at OE ?

Thanks for your help.


Answer:Outlook Express Back Ups into a readable text ?

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I'm using Outlook Express..
I'm running Windows XP on my Main Computer..

When I receive email from one particular person, the text in the main body is missing!!
(When I receive his emails on my Laptop, also running Outlook Express and Win 2000... no problem ... text is there)

I'm Stumped as to why the text is not visible ... (I have "Spamkiller" disabled ... There is a feature in Spamkiller to View an email ... when I view the problem email with Spamkiller, the text is there) ..

When I go into "properties" of the message, a sample is as follows:

X-Mailer: Lotus Notes Release 7.0.2 September 26, 2006
Content-type: multipart/alternative; boundary="=_alternative
X-MID: 1710979585
X-imss-version: 2.046
X-imss-result: Passed
X-imss-scanInfo: M:B L:E SM:3
X-imss-tmaseResult: TT:1 TS:-9.2252 TC:1F TRN:35 TV:3.6.1039(15086.003)
X-imss-scores: Clean:99.90000 C:2 M:3 S:5 R:5
X-imss-settings: Baseline:4 C:2 M:2 S:2 R:2 (1.0000 1.0000)

X-SpamKiller-AcctId: 1
X-SpamKiller-MsgId: 19077-1173780917

This is a multipart message in MIME format.
--=_alternative 00513F00852572B0_=
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"


Phone info on one of your players

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With some of my contacts, if they Reply to an email I've sent them, the text doesn't display - there's just a blank space. If I then click on Reply or Forward, the text of their Reply becomes visible. Is it them or me ?

Answer:Text of Reply not displaying in Outlook Express

In the reply there may be an instruction (usually in blue) saying "Display Text". Gmail uses this principle. If the same email is replied to a number of times it serves to save space by not displaying all the replies. You can however display the reply by clicking the blue text.

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Outlook Express 6.0...all the message headlines are readable, but the message text is invisible. I use Win2000 and I've checked in Documents and Settings/.../Microsoft/Identities and I've found the message text there, so for some reason Outlook Express just isn't accessing it.

I can't find Outlook Express listed in Add and Remove Programs, so I can't try to repair it. Does someone know the solution to this problem?

Thanks, John

Answer:Outlook Express all message text disappeared

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Hi there, my husband uses Outlook Express 6 on our PC together with Windows XP. When he sends an email message to a specific recipient, it looks normal (not underlined) when he sends it, but when he receives a reply, his entire original message that he wrote is underlined. (The text of the reply is normal and not underlined.) I have searched every setting under tools/options and cannot find a place to set the text not to underline. Could the problem be with the recipient's email program? If not, what settings can we make to prevent the message from returning underlined? Any suggestions??

(It only happens with this one recipient. My husband says it hasn't happened with a reply from anyone else.)

Answer:Solved: Outlook Express underlines all my text

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The Government is now ploughing ahead building Data Banks of each of us from our Medical Records to our e-Mails. Is there a simple method of encrypting the text of an Outlook Express e-Mail with the recipient provided with the necessary to recognise an encrypted message from me and decrypt it whilst in the In-Box (perhaps by a Password). Thank you. Buckland.

Answer:Encryption of Outlook Express e-Mail Text

Search for PGP encryption. You need to set up an account with both sender and receiver. If its a simple text email then Steganos Locknote can encrypt it and then attach it to the email.

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I would like to add more colours to the "normal" Black/Maroon/Green/Olive/Navy etc drop down menu selection of colours available to type emails with. Is there any way I can do that?Win Me.

Answer:Outlook Express Font/Text Colours

Browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery open an HTML file in Notepad, e.g. ivy.html or a copy of it. Change the background-color and color (text colour) to what you here for a list of html colours<html><head><style><!-- body,P.msoNormal, LI.msoNormal { background-position: top left; background-repeat: repeat-y; background-color: "Skyblue";margin-left: 4em;margin-top: 0em;margin-bottom: 0em;color: "darkblue";font-size: 12pt;font-weight: normal;font-family: "Arial";}--></style></head><BODY background="Ivy.gif">  </body></html>

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On checking my inbox this morning discovered that all emails had nothing in the message box. This also applied to the outbox. Seems a setting somewhere has been changed but can't think what it might be. Any one any ideas? IE6 and XP Home.Many thanks.

Answer:Message text in Outlook Express has vanished

click hereHow to reinstall or repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP

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I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section but a collegue has complained that when printing emails from Outlook Express they will sporadically print with all the body text at a much larger size, maybe 15 or 16, whilst the header text containing all the to and from information stays it's normal size. On screen, the text is fine, and if forwarded to myself, the text remains normal when I print, it's only on her machine. If I then re-forward the email back to her, again it wil print with oversized body text

She's running XP Pro, I believe on SP1, with an HP1220C A3 printer, all the current drivers are installed (I've just installed them myself before posting this query) and all the settings on Outlook Express match mine exactly.

Any ideas on why this happens and how to stop it?

Answer:Text prints too large in Outlook Express

Sorry for double posting, didnt see an Edit button anywhere, but I've solved this now,and if anyone else has this problem I'd like to share the solution:

It turns out that Outlook Express uses the same print engine as Internet Explorer, so to change the text size and margin settings:

For print size: IE>View>Text Size>Make adjustment.

For margins: IE>File>Page Setup.

Then print your email again and alls good!

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Following on from my earlier posting, I have now been advised by tech support to format hard drive and reload.Only one problem, on my old system, I knew where and what to backup, to keep all my emails, which I did not wish to loose.Now with XP, I can't find the emails at all, so I can't work out what to back up. I followed the path stated to a certain point but could not find the file. Could someone tell me please how to find and copy these emails, there are many. Thank you.

Answer:Outlook Express Email Text (WinXP)

click here

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I'm running XP home edition SP1.

Somehow my Outlook Express got clobbered as I can no longer read the contents of my emails. Only the hourglass icon appears in the preview pane or in the email body when an email is opened up. This happens in all my email folders.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Solved: Outlook express- no text in message

This seems to be the most common way to fix it, see if this helps:

Be sure OE is closed.
Click Start-->Run.
Type: regsvr32 inetcomm.dll
Note the space between the 2 and i.
Click OK.


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Hi all,

Is it possible to have different font sizes for the text of an email and the signature that you have added? I have tried using a file with the signature formatted how I want (smaller than the text) but the default changes it when I compose an email to the same as the rest of the text. I know I could change this manually each time - is there any way to have it happen automatically?


Answer:Outlook Express signature and text - different fonts?

See if you are using HTML, Plain Text or Rich Text? My guess is you are in Plain Text so the format that you applied in your "signature" isn't being applied - if you switch to Rich Text or HTML, I think you will see your signature as you intend it to look.

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re: Outlook Express
After an 'upgrade' to IE from 7 to 8, we lost OE6. I've reverted back to 7, and got OE back but now there is no ability to draft new emails or READ ANY TEXT in the body of older received emails. I CAN see the subject line but not the message text.
We've switched over to webmail through our ISP, but want to recover some of the older mails that exist now appear as subject lines only.

Answer:Outlook Express missing text in body

in my experience, when OE will show you the Subject, but not the email it means that your dbf (inbox.dbf, sent items.dbf, etc) is corrupt. Try creating a new folder under "Local Folders" and moving some email to that folder. that should take care of the problem. keep your dbf files as small as possible, OE does not handle large files very well.

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This is completely puzzling to me....all of a sudden my Outlook started highlighting the first line of read messages in blue!  There have been no other changes, upgrades or new programs added to this machine that would have caused this.  I have attached a screen shot of the issue.  As you will see, in the column of read messages, all the first lines of the read messages are blue.  Does anyone know what setting to change to eliminate this? Many thanks in advance!AB

Answer:Microsoft Outlook - blue text as first line of read messages?

This can be changed in the options of Outlook. It is a setting that sometimes turns on based off what flags were activated with messages, rules, etc. If you click File and go into those options, you should see areas in there for this. I apologize I am not more specific, I can't remember where to find it off the top of my head, but I know it's in there.

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I had to reinstall Incredimail this week after losing my hard drive crashed last week. When I receive emails now they are coming in as PLAIN text not in HTML. I have checked all my settings and contacted the HELP folks at Incredimail and nothing is resolved yet. Before my hard drive crashed Incredimail was working fine. I still am using IE 7 as my browser and use Windows XP. HELP!!!!:wave:

Answer:Incredimail Plain Text vs HTML

First, IncrediMail is eevil and you shouldn't use it! But you wouldn't listen to me anyway..

IM uses IE to render HTML, so it could be that your version does not work well with IE7. Do you have the latest version of IM installed?

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I wanted to open up documents and never had a problem reading it; now its all symbols on word pad. I don't know how to convert it so that I can read it

Answer:symbols instead of plain text on wordpad

You either lost your PDF reader, or somewhere down the line, Windows somehow got its wires crossed, lost its association with it and now sends it to Wordpad instead.Wordpad can't open a pdf and never could.You need pdf software to be installed.Commonly, Adobe Reader is used for this purpose. I prefer Sumatra PDF; No adware or sponsored crap - much smaller faster and lighter - (plus you can read e-books on it as well as pdf docs). now: Assuming you have Adobe Reader installed. Right click your file; Select, 'Open with'. Is Adobe Rdr in the list?If so click on it and your document will open properly. You may have to go through the 'make my default' process to make the association automatico nce more..If for some reason you no longer seem to have a PDF reader, either go to Adobe's site to download the latest version: try SumatraPDF, above.

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"Rich (WYSIQYG) editing unable to run on your current system - click "OK" to swtich to plain text editing."

i keep getting that when i try to write in my blog. i also cant click the email box to write. what's up with that? anyone know how to stop it?

(i didn know what kind of problem it was so i posted here)

Answer:rich editing/plain text

Closing duplicate, please reply here:

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Hi,I'm having a difference of opinion concerning the spreading of viruses. I am a member of an internet based club that uses Yahoo! for discussion, postings etc. The moderator believes that because Yahoo! strips out all attachments & uses only plain text, this makes it virtually impossible for me to receive a virus. I completely disagree, especially as web address & email address links can be activated.Who's right, or are we both wrong?Cheers.

Answer:Viruses- can they be spread in plain text?

plain text is safe because it contains no code or active contect - hence their OE setting for security. Email and web addresses cannot be activated in plain text in emails as there is no hyperlink - you would have to copy and paste the text to a browser / email program.Some twisted bored spotty kid is probably working on it though...

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I am normally receiving e-mails in Plain Text. However, I do get 1 where the e-mail is in HTML format.Why does this happen and how can I correct it?geedad

Answer:HTML showing not Plain Text

As far as I am aware if it is sent in html, that is how it arrives, you have the choice of format to send but not receive.

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Hi all,

I trying to a add a plain text, which is not appearing in the original text, to my existing TOC list in microsoft word. I am trying to add a word "Chapters" to my TOC. But, I cannot. I typing it inside the TOC but when I update TOC list, the word "Chapters" disappears. Is there a way to solve this problem? This word should have no page number or dots.

I have attached a sample TOC list corresponding to what I want.


Answer:Adding a Plain Text to TOC in Word2010

This is fairly easy / simple to do.

Questions for you:
1) Do you know how to make and use styles?
2) Do you know how to use / edit the TOC reference function?

Your reply will determine how much time I need to spend detailing the steps.


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Recently the PC Advisor newsleter has been appearing as plain text. It always used to be in HMTL. Is this something you a PC Advisor have done or is it my e-mail client GMX who seem to be having a number of problems lately.Peter

Answer:e-mails displayed in plain text

do other e mails appear ok?johnny

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Hello, although not a business person I thought this might be the best place to get an answer to my query.
Which is the most preferred text, HTML or Plain Text.
I use OutlookXP Office 2002.

Answer:(Resolved) HTML or Plain Text

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I know I can change font style in OE5.50 by going to Rich Text format, BUT is there a way to change the font--including its size-- currently being used (Times Roman) to something different in a message sent/received when using Plain Text

Answer:OE5.5 Plain Text FONT Question

Went to OE5.5 > Tools >Options > Compose and changed MAIL & NEWS fonts to New Courier 12, hit "Apply" closed OE5.50, and upon restarting, it defaulted back to Times Roman.

Is there any way to change the font style in Plain Text send/receive E-mails, or am I just stuck with this font, which to me, isn't that easy to read.

OE 5.50 Version I'm using with Windows 98SE is: 5.50.3133.2400

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Could someone explain to me in simple terms what exactly HTML is in the context of Outlook Express 6 using XP ?In my hobby of Genealogy I send and receive a lot of files as attachments, text, photos and charts. I am irratated by those who send me an E-Mail in reply with their attachment as an Icon in the Subject column at the head of the mail and the same thing is repeated in the body of the message. Whether this add times to download the Mail I do not know. I now hang my head in shame as I have just realised that is exactly as I have been sending as a Mail to them ! So going into OE>Tools>Options I see I have the chance to change the basis of outgoing mail from HTML to Plain Text and when I do this the Send Picture With Message automatically greys out. It seems logical to me I should alter the option to Plain Text but I am not sure if it will affect anything other than the bells and whistles of HTML, whatever they might be.Thanks for any advice.

Answer:What is HTML versus Plain Text

As you have realised, HTML is with all the fancy bits on, plain text is just that. Even though you cannot send pictures with the message, you can still send them as attachments.Note: if your recipient has his machine set up as plain text, it doesn't matter how fancy and decorated you send your message - it will be received plain thus, you would be wasting all your efforts.Most businesses are set to receive in plain text to lessen the possibility of virus transmission.I always have mine as plain text and sent anything else as an attachment which can then, if necessary, be easily virus checked at the other end before opening.Brian

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I am now using Firefox instead of IE7 having read the article in issue 150. My email account is with fsmail and although I can open emails in HTML format if I try and forward them they change to plain text. How can I stop this happening and forward the emails in the same format as I receive them? Also any embedded pictures disappear and are show as place holders. Any help would be great.ThanksPeter

Answer:Firefox and plain text emails

You need to check the options in the email software that you use to send email from As at present the options is set to send in plain text

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