If an  *.oft extension is an Outlook template, how to make one then...

Posted on 2004-11-08
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I'm occupied with a rule issue.
I have a MS office rule that if a message is send to a certain person, the message is to be answered with a speciffic message.
Up to the "send to a certain person" thingie everything is OK. But I cannot select an option to reply other then with a  standard template in c:/program files/microsoft office/templates/1043 which name is "mail.oft". This "mail" contains nothing and it is not possible to change and Safe it.

How can I make templates of the *.oft type
Is there another solutions to combine with the MS Outlook rules

Question by:Greenkodiak
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi Greenkodiak,

    (the following is a paraphrase from this website:, couldn't have said it better myself!
    "First, make sure that Word is not your e-mail editor (Tools | Options | Mail Format), because WordMail does not allow you to save messages as Outlook templates. Create a new Outlook message, then add your own subject and text. You can also add Bcc and Cc addresses. Then use File | Save As, and save as an Outlook template .oft file"


    Author Comment

    Clear and understandable
    At least better then the weird microsoft way of working.

    Tx AZ

    Author Comment

    Another related question, if you would be so kind.
    I changed the format the way you said. The disadvantage however now is that the message doesnt show bolt letters and more importand: an emailadres written in the mail (template) is:
     "HYPERLINK "" "
    When I only typed
    The whole "hyperlink" etc is not verry represenable.

    any Idea?
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    Expert Comment

    hi again,
    i did a little bit of in-breeding and found your answer:

    (short answer: because the html template converts to rich text when it is saved as an *.oft file, all the other garbage gets added in; how to avoid it--write "mailto:" in front of the email address, like <> and that's how it will appear in the template reply)

    unfortunately i don't have an answer for bold text, but this will help clean up the message quite a bit.
    best of luck-
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    Expert Comment

    If Outlook converts all OFT files to rich text, then how do you save HTML templates?  I have saved it as HTML, but it opens as plain text.

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