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    I’m trying to get Internet-style quoting working, so when I reply to a message, the original text appears

    > like this.

    In tools-options-email options, I’ve set both the ‘on replies and forwards’ drop downs to ‘prefix each line of the original message’, and I’ve put a ‘>’ character folowed by a space in the ‘prefix each line with’ box. I’ve also turned off Word as the email editor, and I’ve set tools-options-mail format-message format’ to ‘plain text’.

    Still when I reply to a message, the original message appears in the new message window with a blue line on the extreme left hand side. Not a ‘>’ to be seen anywhere.

    Outlook is in corporate-workgroup mode, connected to Exchange Server.

    What do I have to do to make this work?

    Thanks —

    Brian Walter

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    • #629400

      I can shed some light on it without quite solving it bummer

      First it happens in stand-alone Outlook as well – it is not an exchange or corporate issue.
      Second – it occurs only when you reply to an HTML formatted message.
      (If you reply to a text message all your settings are honored.)

      I vaguely remember that there was a setting like “Reply to HTML messages in HTML” – but I couldn’t find it when I hunted for it.

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        • #629460

          Well, I tested it and your analysis is right on. Text emails work fine, it’s only the html ones that don’t quote properly. Armed with this knowledge, I dredged up the following kb article (its a registry hack):

          Microsoft Knowledge Base Article – Q307594
          OL2002: Users Can Read Nonsecure E-mail as Plain Text

          And also this:

          To convert incoming HTML messages to plain text or Rich Text format

          Haven’t tried these yet. I’ll let you know.


      • #629572

        OE has the reply to html in plain text… OL does not.

        The blue line is the reply indicator for HTML – you can’t change it to > without changing the format of the message first. The easiest way is to open message, edit | edit message, save, reply. zaphtml and the other tricks often make a mess of all mail.

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