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#1 pressuredrop88


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Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:39 PM

Greetings -

I have a maddening problem going on with a client's copy of Outlook 2003. She thinks it started when I got AVG, which somebody else installed, finally working (before I came automatic updates were broken due to an occasional Vista AVG installation problem). But she's not sure. The problem is that a few senders' emails show up as plain text, not HTML. Most HTML emails show up fine, including all that I and other people in her office send (as in everything I can troubleshoot myself). She thinks all the emails showing up as plain text are coming from macs. And she has an HTML signature that she wants to show up as HTML, and of course you can't force Outlook to use HTML to respond to plain text emails.

I uninstalled AVG and installed Avast today - same problem. Outlook is reading emails in Word 2003, all addins are disabled (including Avast at this point). Every link I find mentions AVG, but I uninstalled and made sure to remove all user settings and other stuff. So unless Avast causes the exact same problem, this is very annoying.

Any input is greatly appreciated.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:02 PM

You said: "of course you can't force Outlook to use HTML to respond to plain text emails"

Here's how I do it in Outlook2003.
Click Reply.
Click Format.
Select HTML.
Type the message and send. It works every time.

Could it be that somewhere, in AV perhaps, you have a setting to prohibit HTML?
There are many good reasons to keep HTML out of mail, so that could be it.

You mentioned something about reading mails in Word. I read'm in Outlook, but Word could be behind the scenes, I don't recall.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 10:34 PM

Thanks for the reply.

When I said that I can't force Outlook to reply HTML, I mean I can't set a default to ALWAYS reply in HTML. The client knows how to change it for each email but doesn't want to.

I've checked the AV options to no avail. So thinking unless it as inherent, intermittent problem caused by the AV, that's probably not it.

And when I mention reading in Word, it happens behind the scenes. Just an option in Outlook.

Not sure what else it might be. Ideas?


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