View All Mails In Plain Text in Outlook/Outlook Express

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  1. pradeep

    pradeep Team Leader

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    Would you like your email client to automatically convert all HTML email that is sent to you, into plain text?

    First, this is secure as many of the worms and bugs rely on HTML script code. One good example could be the needless advertisements or images sent inside spam (junk) emails. When you so much as view an email inside your email software, the sender's webserver gets a "stamp" of you having accessed the image. This of course does not happen with plain text, because there's no image, so there is no inadvertent "access".

    Second, it is also a bit faster to download and view email that doesn't have all the unnecessary frills of HTML email (tables, bold, italics etc).

    Microsoft Outlook (Part of Microsoft Office) To strip HTML into plain text in Microsoft Outlook:
    DISCLAIMER: If you use regedit incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. I cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using regedit incorrectly, use the following procedure at your own risk.

    1. Start > Run > regedit
    2. Find this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Options\Mail
    3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWord Value.
    4. With the new Dword value selected, type ReadAsPlain.
    5. Double-click the new value to open it. In the Value Data box, type 1, and then click OK.
    6. Click OK, and then quit Registry Editor.
    7. Just to be sure, close Outlook and restart it.
    From now on, all your HTML email messages will show up as simple text. After you turn on the "Read as Plain Text" feature, users notice the following changes:

    1. The changes are applied to the preview pane and open messages.
    2. Pictures become attachments to avoid loss.
    3. Digitally signed messages are not affected.
    Microsoft Outlook Express (Part of Microsoft Internet Explorer) To strip HTML into plain text in Microsoft Outlook Express:

    1. Start Outlook Express, and then on the Tools > Options.
    2. Click the READ tab, and then click to select the "Read all messages in plain text" check box under Reading Messages.
    3. Click OK.
    That's all! Happy mailing.

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