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24-06-2003, 09:25 AM
Have just migrated from a long association with Netscape 4.7 to Outlook Express. Have problem when posting smilies :) in email. Prefer to send messages in plain text but every time I try to include "smilie" the whole message changes to RTF. This did not happen before but cannot find anything in Options to stop it. Any help appreciated.

24-06-2003, 09:45 AM
What happens if you press Ctrl-Z to undo the change in OE?
Funny thing is, my copy doesn't take any notice, leaves the :) like that and carries on, in both plain text and HTML options.
What version of OE is it? Mine is 6.

24-06-2003, 10:12 AM
OE version is 6. Just getting to grips with changeover from Netsape - some things good, some bad.
At what point should I try the control-z ?

24-06-2003, 12:10 PM
With word and other programs, if the autocorrect action changes your typing to a smiley (or whatever) you press ctrl-z immediately and it undoes the change. Not sure this will be much of a long term solution, but it might help.

24-06-2003, 12:39 PM
Under Tools
It is ticked to send as txt only isnt it?

24-06-2003, 01:52 PM
Yes, it's ticked as text only but changes the whole email to RTF as soon as I insert a smiley . Forgot to mention that I actually insert the smiley - (compliments of schmaili prog ) not as a text :-) smiley. However this worked OK in Netscape without the the whole text changing. It also changes if I try to change the colour etc of the black ( default ) font.

24-06-2003, 01:54 PM
That's probably it, because the inserted item is a graphic so it switches to RTF to be able to handle it.
Not sure there is anything you can do, short of going back to text smileys.

24-06-2003, 02:13 PM
>It also changes if I try to change the colour etc of the black ( default ) font.

Likewise to Robo's comment above, plain text mode simply cannot carry formatting information, which includes a font colour.

While you suggest that Netscape did not act in this manner, either it stripped out the formatting when it was sent, or it sent it as HTML.

24-06-2003, 02:36 PM
I'm with GF, it can't manage it as plain text unless it removes the formatting. Text is vanilla text without any decorations.

24-06-2003, 03:07 PM
Thanks for help people. Looks like I'll be migrating to Incredimail :-)

24-06-2003, 03:19 PM
Oh please, don't. I hate message I get from incredimail users. They are too cutesy and stuck bandwidth (IMHO)

24-06-2003, 03:38 PM
Promise I won't write to you! :D Agree with you overall and will stick with mainly plain vanilla. Thanks again for all the help. Jim

24-06-2003, 04:19 PM
So.. You're migrating to Incredimail...

Why not just use HTML messages in OE?

24-06-2003, 04:46 PM
Lotsa choice !