How to handle issues with format of body of email message sent by Windows Forms

Posted on 2009-07-01
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Last Modified: 2013-11-08
In a Windows Forms app written in VS2008 / .Net Framework 3.5 I get some data from a database and send it in an email as shown in code below. The mail client is always Outlook 2007 and the message arrives as plain text, but the carriage returns in my string sBody aren't recognised so the text in the message body reads as one very long line. If I show my string sBody in a message box all the carriage returns are there.
Any advice on how to get around this?


Dim sBody As String = Me.rtbMsgBody1.Text
            sBody += vbCrLf
            sBody += sMobTel & vbCrLf
            sBody += sHomeTel & vbCrLf
            sBody += sECN & vbCrLf
            sBody += sECR & vbCrLf
            sBody += sECTel1 & vbCrLf
            sBody += sECTel2 & vbCrLf
            sBody += Me.rtbMsgBody2.Text & vbCrLf
            Dim objMsg As New System.Net.Mail.MailMessage("administrator@mycompany.com", sEmail, "Your details", sBody)
            With objMsg
                .From = New System.Net.Mail.MailAddress("administrator@mycompany.com")
                .Subject = sSubject
                .Body = sBody
            End With
            Dim objMail As New System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient("IPAddress")

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Question by:louise001
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by:Éric Moreau
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When you view your e-mail in Outlook, do you see a bar at the top of your e-mail saying that extra carriage returns have been removed? You can't do much for this (there may be a setting in Outlook to prevent this).

You can send a HTML body instead of plain text and it will keep formatting. Have a look at http://www.emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2007/09/Using-SystemNetMail.aspx

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ID: 24754181
Ah, yes I do see that message in Outlook. I can format the message body as HTML fine, but do you know how then I could get data from my datarow into the HTML? Perhaps the answer is to use an ASP.Net app in this case, which I could do, but there may be times when I can't do that but also need to send data in an email message.


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Éric Moreau earned 2000 total points
ID: 24754506
You don't have to use ASP.Net to create a HTML body!

Dim sBody As String = Me.rtbMsgBody1.Text
            sBody += "<br/>"
            sBody += sMobTel & "<br/>"
            sBody += sHomeTel & "<br/>"
            sBody += sECN & "<br/>"
            sBody += sECR & "<br/>"
            sBody += sECTel1 & "<br/>"
            sBody += sECTel2 & "<br/>"
            sBody += Me.rtbMsgBody2.Text &"<br/>"

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ID: 31598743
Marvellous. Your re-write works perfectly with of course objMsg.IsBodyHTML = True

Thanks very much + enjoy the rest of your day,


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