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Windows 7: Composing HTML Email in Windows Live

22 Dec 2009   #11


Ah, you miss the editable source code feature - well, no email client is having that.
Yes, was a nifty feature of old OE but rarely used.

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22 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Ah, now I understand exactly. I'll take a look and get back to you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

You are absolutely right, the 'Source Edit' button no longer exists and Microsoft has removed the feature in WLM.

I already sent Microsoft some feedback via the help menu / send feedback, you may wish to do this too.

An API just come out in beta for WLM, this means that developers can create basic 3rd party plugins; but Microsoft is yet to release a complete library to enable us to do much more than change the look of it. Some developers are decompiling WLM to make their plugins work, so cross your fingers for that too. FOr the record, this issue has been marked active since 2007, so MS do know that people want the source edit functionality back.

Two steps forward, one step back again MS.This reminds me of when they 'forgot' to add Harvard Bibliography to MS WORD 2007 and I had to cook it up in XML myself.
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20 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The only way I have found to create an HTML Email via Windows Live Mail is as follows:
  1. Begin a new Email message
  2. Save the message as a file (if you don't have this menu option, you may need to customize your menus)
  3. Open the message file with a text editor (Wordpad will work) and replace the HTML contents with your desired contents
  4. Save the changes you made
  5. Double-click on the .eml file and make sure the HTML contents looks correct
  6. Send the message
It's very much a hack, but it does work...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Mar 2012   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
What Outlook Express had, which worked fine and which is gone

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MyWin7 View Post
It's Microsoft, ya know, give it some time and it will be back - latest when they find out no one is using their email client any more
@MyWIn7 - LOL

@sureword - Can you please explain what functionality you expect to find but can't. Live mail is html enabled by default (so you can change colours, font etc). You can see the difference if you choose PLAIN TEXT from the menu and use that. I don't usually use live mail (or it's predecessors so I may be missing something obvious here).
With Outlook Express, you could create, in HTML code, any number of stationery templates using all the functionality of HTML. One of these was set as the default stationery, but you could select any of the others to start a new e-mail. I had one with my bank details, one with my home address, one for business, and so on, and all personally formatted through being able to code in HTML.

It was the biggest selling point Outlook Express had. You could format paragraph spacing, use em-dashes, specify colours and fonts, insert and format tables, the whole nine yards: anything HTML can do, you could put in your e-mail.

But now, with Windows Live Mail, you can't even so much as, for example, invoke the "noshade" option in a horizontal rule. It is a perplexing, frustrating and infuriating backward step in offered functionality.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2014   #16

Windows 7 64 bit and 32 bit

Create your message
[CTRL] + "S" so save it in Drafts
Go to C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\{Account Name}\Drafts
Find the only file in the folder (should be the case)
Open the file by right clicking and selecting NotePad to open it with
Edit as you wish
Save and close
Re-open it in Live Mail
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