How to Compose All Messages in Outlook 2010 in Plain Text

Microsoft Outlook 2010 has a number of different features that allow you to format text or add HTML elements to email messages that you compose within the program. This is one of the reasons that the HTML format is chosen as the default way to write new messages. Most popular email providers and programs today support HTML email, and it is a much more effective way to format what you are trying to convey. But if you do not wish to use HTML to write your emails, then you can learn how to compose all messages in Outlook 2010 in plain text. This is an option that you can select whenever you want, and you can choose it to be the default setting for all future messages that you create.

Write in Plain Text by Default in Outlook 2010

You may have already discovered how to write a single message in plain text in Outlook 2010, but that option does not stick for future messages. You would then need to go and choose the plain text option for every message that you want to compose in that format, which can be tedious. So continue reading to learn how to use plain text as the default option for all messages in Outlook 2010.

Step 1: Launch Microsoft Outlook 2010.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

the outlook 2010 file tab

Step 3: Click Options at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.

outlook options in outlook 2010

Step 4: Click the Mail option at the left side of the Outlook options window.

open the outlook 2010 mail menu

Step 5: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Compose messages in this format in the Compose messages section at the top of the window, then choose the Plain Text option.

how to compose all messages in outlook 2010 in plain text

Step 6: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window.

Any future message that you write in Outlook 2010 will default to the plain text format. If you wish to change this setting, you will need to go back and perform the directions in this tutorial, then choose either HTML or Rich Text from the drop-down menu.

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