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Windows 7: Outlook 2010 Email formatting issue with original message

22 Aug 2012   #1
joeblah

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Outlook 2010 Email formatting issue with original message

OS: Windows 7 Pro x64
Software: MS Office 2010 - Outlook

Issue: Emails sending differently than they look going out.

To explain this a little better, I have included pictures. Outlook1 and 3 are how they should look. Outlook 2 and 4 is how they are actually being received.

As you can tell, there is a big difference between them and it is not good when copying reports or supposed to have certain aspects of emails bolded/highlighted.

I have searched for a bit and tried a few things but still have not had any success.

History: just recently transferred from Windows XP/Office 2k3 this past weekend and now I have these issues.
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Edit: I do have it setup to send/convert outgoing emails to HTML




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22 Aug 2012   #2
GEWB

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Hello joeblah -

The sent samples are correct based on your format selection of HTML.

HTML is not the same as plain or rich text and has little resemblence to how things look in a word processor.

If you must send as HTML then convert your content to an image (picture) and embed that. Otherwise try rich text and see what happens.

Note that sending in HTML is your choice but no guarantee that the receipient will ALLOW your email to be view as HTML. I do NOT allow HTML emails in 6 of my 8 email accounts, PLAIN TEXT ONLY.

Regards,
GEWB
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22 Aug 2012   #3
joeblah

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I guess I am comparing this to Outlook 2k3. When I sent an email like the previous with color and attachment, only HTML would show it properly. I just find it odd that even the red text turns black when I receive it. It looks like it goes out in HTML but it constantly receives as plain text.

Another odd part is that if I forward the HTML'd email from my SENT folder, the recipient will receive it as they should of.

Right now, I have to send a email to myself then forward it on for proper display.
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22 Aug 2012   #4
GEWB

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joeblah View Post
I guess I am comparing this to Outlook 2k3. When I sent an email like the previous with color and attachment, only HTML would show it properly. I just find it odd that even the red text turns black when I receive it. It looks like it goes out in HTML but it constantly receives as plain text.

Another odd part is that if I forward the HTML'd email from my SENT folder, the recipient will receive it as they should of.

Right now, I have to send a email to myself then forward it on for proper display.
Are you sure about your settings (as per the first post). I'm confused here...

Regards,
GEWB
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22 Aug 2012   #5
joeblah

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Best way to show is with some Pictures I guess.
This is:
File>Options>Mail
and
File>Options>Mail>Editor Options

If I need to try and explain it better, please let me know.


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22 Aug 2012   #6
GEWB

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Hmm, I think I'm understanding the situation:
  1. You compose in HTML (insert tables, assign colors, sizes, etc.)
  2. SEND out to recipient
  3. Copy is placed in your SENT box
  4. Recipient gets PLAIN TEXT version of original SEND
  5. If you FOREWARD from SENT, recipient gets HTML (desired) version
Is this correct?

If correct, looks like the Compose and Send are different (trying to find the settings). I say this because:
  • Recipient gets plain text - HTML is stripped (thus black instead of red text, no table structure, etc.)
  • FOREWARD function appears to retain original format (which I expect)
What are your Options > Mail > Message format settings?

Regards,
GEWB
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22 Aug 2012   #7
joeblah

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, I do believe you are now understanding my confusion. It does look properly set but here is a screenshot so you can see yourself.


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23 Aug 2012   #8
joeblah

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

GEWB, or anyone else, have any other ideas for me to try? Could this possibly be from transferring the .pst from 2k3 to 2010? I am really trying to get this taken care so I dont have to do double to work every time.
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23 Aug 2012   #9
GEWB

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Hello joeblah -

Haven't had time to dig into it any further but so far I'm at a dead end.

Regards,
GEWB
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28 Aug 2012   #10
Vaughan9

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I had the same problem and I tried many suggested solutions over several months and had pretty much given up with much frustration. It now seems to have been solved in my Outlook 2010 by going to Outlook Options/Mail and changing 'Compose messages in this format' from 'HTML' to 'Rich Text' + OK, then to 'Plain Text' + OK, and finally back to 'HTML' and OK. This somehow seemed to clear the problem. Without change 'HTML' to something else the problem persisted whatever I did...
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