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Windows 7: Notepad email attachment problem

08 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Notepad email attachment problem


I'm not entirely sure this is the best forum for this but couldn't see anywhere else.

When you're posting/submitting articles/posts for possible posting on other sites they often ask you to submit it in plain text (Notepad) form by way of an email attachment.

I've noticed recently that even when I've checked the Word Wrap box under the Format function in Notepad, when I attach the file to the email and send it, then check it in my Sent folder, the Word Wrap hasn't worked and the text has all run off to the right meaning that the recipient would have to scroll all the way along about 18 inches to the right then back again on each line to be able to read the text, or else copy/paste it all into somewhere else which they may well not bother doing. Result: wasted time and effort.

It's the same if I use attachments on either my Gmail or Yahoo accounts.

I'm using IE9 (have had previous issues with FF) and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

Any advice/info gratefully appreciated.

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08 May 2012   #2

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit

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08 May 2012   #3

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mkcd872 View Post
...I've noticed recently that even when I've checked the Word Wrap box under the Format function in Notepad...
Word wrap is a reading feature, not a compose feature. It's unlikey it would be useful when sending anyway, since it has no way of knowing the recipient's font size and the character length of his printer or monitor. The assumption is that if you send a *.txt file, the recipient would open it or print it with a program on his pc set up to view it as he prefers. (He would use Notepad with word wrap enabled, for example.)
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08 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

There's not much that can be done about it other than formatting it manually or running some kind of macro over it.

A text file is just a file full of characters and word wrap is a feature of notepad. MS Word and others do this based on page size and margins, eg. if you copy text from Word to notepad (word wrap off) it will extend the lines across the page until it sees a line terminator character. See here for reference - Newline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If a text file is added to a e-mail as an attachment it can be saved to the computer and then opened by notepad. Also depending on the e-mail application used it may be displayed in the msg wrapped or not. I done a test using Thunderbird and it displayed my text file in the msg and automatically wrapped it based on my window size.

EDIT: I'm slow, two replies since I started this.
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09 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Ok, thanks for that.
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