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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.