reading and sending email in HTML

i have msoffice pro and i want to send and receive email as a web page

but it keeps saying word cannot run web authoring tool while another word program is running.

i have tried to use HTML.DOT  as an template
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SMosherConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Microsoft Outlook 97 does not have the capability to compose or receive HTML-format mail. Any HTML-format messages will show the web page as an attachment.
What version of msoffice? 97? 2000?  In outlook look under tools, options, mail format and under message format choose html.
rickyjuneAuthor Commented:
ms office pro 97
rickyjuneAuthor Commented:
do not have a mail format tab in my option menu
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