Outlook: Change Default Message Format for Email

Posted July 10, 2006 by Hack_Vista in Microsoft Outlook

If you do not prefer HTML formatted emails, here is how to change the default email format in Outlook to plain text, rich text, or HTML format.


I do not use HTML formatting in email messages. One of the first things I do when installing Outlook is to change the default format to plain text. I just did this on Outlook 2007, so I thought I would share.

Set the Default Message Format in Outlook:

    1. Open Outlook.
    2. Click Tools menu.
    3. Click Options.
    4. Click Mail Format tab.
    5. In the drop-down box labeled Compose in this message format:, choose between HTML, plain text, or rich text.
    6. Click OK

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