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Can we default all replies in outlook 2007 to html?

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Can we default all replies in outlook 2007 to html?
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Although Microsoft Outlook allows you to select a default email format when sending new emails, this setting does not apply when replying to email messages. By default, when composing a reply, Outlook will use the email format of the original email. Thus, no matter if your default format for new mail is set to "plain text", if you are replying to a HTML email, your own reply will be generated as a HTML email.

To increase your Outlook productivity, Bells & Whistles makes it very easy to specify a default email format even when sending replies. As a result, the selected format will be automatically applied on all your email replies, no matter the format of the original email.

To use this feature, you have to enable the option "Always reply using..." from the "Reply Options" section of the Bells & Whistles configuration screen, which can be launched from the Outlook -> Tools menu.

 
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by:robquartzelec
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I am using Outlook 2007 and cant see this option I am afraid. Am I being blind?
:-)

Also can this be set using group policy for everyone on the network?
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Nope, there is no group policy as far as im aware.

Follow these instructions to switch to html;

Tools > Options> Mail Format>

And you should see the option to switch it to html apose to rich or plain text.
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I have that already set to html , but when I reply the email still appears in plain text?
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Hi,
Well this question has been asked many times and the best answer is NO.
Unfortunately, there is no default method that is available in Outlook to achieve this ie to always use a specific format for all replies, be it RTF or HTML. You will have to change it manually on each reply or maybe use Macros to achieve the following.
Hope this answers your query. This is the best answer possible.
Thanks
Nitin
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by:robquartzelec
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This seems a bit of a poor feature on outlooks behalf? Thanks for the help though.
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by:gupnit
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Hi,
I agree, but then yes there can be reasons, see what if, you get a mail from a Mobile device which does not read RTF properly, and you default replies to RTF, it will not be able to read.
So basically, Outlook keeps format as the same as what it recieived.
Cheers
Nitin
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