Viewing all Messages as Plain Text.

OUTLOOK 2003

This is the easiest one to change. Go to Tools | Options | Preferences | Email Options and check the option ‘Read all standard mail in plain text’.

A nice option is to display digitally signed email in the original format, leave the ‘Read all digitally signed mail in plain text’. Sadly too few people send emails with digital signatures.

OUTLOOK 2007

The next version of Outlook has the same feature as Outlook 2003 but the switch is in a different place – Tools | Trust Center | Email Security. Check the option ‘Read all standard mail in plain text’. A nice option is to display digitally signed email in the original format, leave the ‘Read all digitally signed mail in plain text’. Sadly too few people send emails with digital signatures.

OUTLOOK 2002 (XP)

In Outlook 2002 (in Office XP) you need to have Outlook 2002 with Service Pack 1 or later. Sadly changing the feature isn’t as easy. You need to change the Windows registry and, as always, be very careful doing that.
* Close Outlook entirely, which means disconnecting any PDA’s that link to Outlook.
* Start RegEdit
* Find HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Options\Mail
* Choose Edit | New | DWord from the menu to create a new registry entry
* Label the new entry “ReadAsPlain” – without the quotes
* Double-click the newly created ‘ReadAsPlain’ entry so you can edit it.
* Enter the value “1” – again without the quotes.
* Close Regedit
* Restart Outlook.

If all messages don’t show up in plain text then carefully check the registry setting or if Outlook was truly shut-down.

OUTLOOK EXPRESS

The only versions of Outlook Express that can force plain text display are version 6 with Service Pack 1 and any later. Go to Tools | Options | Read tab,choose the ‘Read all messages in plain text’ check box under Reading Messages.

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