Solved: Outlook 2003 Bug - html outgoing emails converted to plain text

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hcs_19

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I have my default email format set to .html. When I compose a new message it looks like everything's working just fine. I send my .html message and even in my sent box, it shows that my .html message formatted properly. However, when others open my messages, they have been converted to plain text. I've checked my office-mates computers and they do not have the setting "convert incoming messages to plain text" so that can't be the problem. I've tested it with 5 people using Outlook who can receive .html messages just fine. I've tested it with my Yahoo address to. For some reason, Outlook is converting my .html (and Rich Text too) email messages into plain text. Everyone else in the office sends and receives html email with a nicely formatted signature just fine. Why can't I? Please help!

I'm running Windows XP with Office 2003 SP 2.

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Do you have any anti-virus software running on the PC? Some antivirus software may install an Outlook add-in that may convert the message to plain text to avoid spreading of viruses. Check under your "Add-Ins" and disable them all to see if one of the add-ins is causing the problem. If you are on an Exchange server the admin may have also disabled this functionality.

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Rollin
 

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Thanks Rollin' Again. I tried checking my add-ins and I don't have anything. I am running AVG Anti-Virus Free. I checked every setting I could there and can't find anything related to this. Please let me know if you have any other ideas. Thanks,
 

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Wouldn't you know ... I found a solution in cyberspace, tried it, and it worked. The problem was with my Outlook contacts. Somehow every entry was defaulted to only send plain text email. Here's how I fixed it.

  • Search for the desired contact in your Outlook Contacts.
  • Double-click the contact's email address.
    • Alternatively, click on the desired email address with the right mouse button and select Outlook Properties... from the menu.
  • Under Internet format, change to Let Outlook decide the best sending format instead of Send Plain Text only
  • Click OK.
I couldn't find a way to globally change all of my contacts, so I'm going to export and re-import into Outlook.
 
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