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Outlook 2002 Email problem

 2:55 pm on Oct 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am only posting this here because beedeedubbleu's mailbox is full.

I know it was a long time ago, I just hope you remember what you did to fix the problem. I'll paste the original message you had in this messag.

This may not be relevant here but I have a problem with email in outlook 2002 that is driving me mad and I can't find a fix :(
Sometimes, when I am composing an email, the font type and size takes on a mind of its own. It changes when I hit a CR and sometimes a previously entered sentence or paragraph in the email will change its font/size. As far as I can remember this happens most often when I have cut and pasted information from another email.

Help anyone?






 3:59 pm on Oct 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi Negid, I don't think my mail box is full?

Regarding your other point, I never did find a fix to this and I have now moved to Office 2007. The bad news is that it still happens there.


 1:08 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

FOr more consistency - you could turn off HTML format.
1. Tools ¦ Options ¦ Mail Format
2. Change the "Compose in the message format" to PLain Text

Also you might like to turn off using MS Word as your mail editor.


 1:58 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Maybe when you copy and paste from another email, paste first into Notepad to remove formatting.


 3:45 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

I don't think this is the point. We should not have to do this. There is a long standing problem here that should be fixed.


 4:15 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Doesn't this same thing happen in Word? What is it about MS apps and spontaneous font reformatting?


 4:40 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

I don't think this is the point. We should not have to do this. There is a long standing problem here that should be fixed.

There is nothing to fix. When you are cutting and pasting from other applications, particularly MS, you are also bringing with it the styling elements.

I will either paste into Notepad first or, after pasting from another application into Outlook, do a Ctrl + A, select Arial as the font, select 10pt as the size, then make the color default. That usually clears up most of the problems.

Now, if it is a email that you are forwarding, then you need to be sure that the parameters for your formatting on forwarded emails are set to your liking.


 4:45 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

I would accept this if the whole content formatting changed but this sometimes happnes to sentences and part sentences enclosed in the correct formatting. I don't think it can all be explained by formatting relics from the source.


 7:35 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

What format are you using to create your emails?
- Plain text
- Rich text format

Emails are either received in HTML or plain text format.
My preference is writing in plain text....see above for changing to plain text. However, yes when copying and pasting it does pull in the character styles. So in the mail form, I go to the Format menu and change to HTML and then back to plain text.

That sorts out my formatting issue.


 8:01 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes Monkey, I have been using Outlook for about 10 to 15 years and I do the same but as I said earlier work arounds should really not be necessary.


 8:17 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Outlook functions similarly to FrontPage and other MS document layout and design programs. If you were to take that same text that you are copying and paste it into a web page, you're going to end up with tag soup. You have to "clean it" first. If you don't, then be prepared to deal with whatever formatting relics are there from the previous sender.

I know exactly what you are talking about too. I see it happen all the time. I have my methods of working around those challenges as mentioned above. There is nothing more you can do short of converting to text based email at which time all issues are resolved.


 8:26 pm on Oct 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

>.There is a long standing problem here that should be fixed.

It is fixed. Office 2003 gives you the option of pasting without formatting.

Personally, I never minded pasting into Notepad, usually for me it either pasting text from the Web into Word, or from Word to my HTML editor.

It is really a quick thing. I keep a shortcut to Notepad anyway, so just a quick Ctrl V, Ctrl A, Ctrl C.

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