How to send a message in plain text with Outlook Express or Windows Mail

Written by Ian Carnaghan · 25 sec read >
  • Open Outlook Express (Start->All Programs->Outlook Express)

    Start->All Programs->Outlook Express

  • Once Outlook Express is open click on Create Mail

    Create Mail

  • A new message will open up

    New Message

  • At the menu click on Format->Plain Text (To create a plain text message or to format the current mail to be plain text)

    Format->Plain Text

  • A warning will popup just click on ‘OK


  • Now your message will be send using the Plain Text format

NOTE: To send mail permanently using plain text following the steps below

  • Once in Outlook Express click on Tools->Options


  • Click on the ‘Send‘ tab and under Mail Sending Format select Plain Text


  • Click on ‘OK‘ to save your settings, now every new mail will be send using Plain Text

Last Updated On April 06, 2018
Written by Ian Carnaghan
I am a software developer and online educator who likes to keep up with all the latest in technology. I also manage cloud infrastructure, continuous monitoring, DevOps processes, security, and continuous integration and deployment. Profile

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