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The sender's Outlook 2010 (connected to SBS2011) has signature that includes text and graphics. When creating a new email, I can see "Untitled - Message (HTML)" on the top of new email window.
However when I receive this email (in my Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2003 connected to SBS2011), I see "Test - Message (Plain Text)".

The problem is that the graphics in the sender's signature shows up as attachments. The text portion of the signature comes across ok except the font is "Courier New".

Why is that and how can I fix it?

I sent an email from another SBS2011 with graphics in the signature for testing and my outlook opens it as HTML. So it is NOT my SBS2011.
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by:David Atkin
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Hello,

You need to change the settings in outlook from plain text to html on that clients PC.

See here:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/outlook-help/change-the-message-format-to-html-rich-text-or-plain-text-HP001232996.aspx

or here for 2003/2007:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/831607
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by:sglee
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David,
 Sender's Outlook is already in HTML by default. Please see my posting above "When creating a new email, I can see "Untitled - Message (HTML)" on the top of new email window. "
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by:David Atkin
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It will be the receivers outlook which needs changing.
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by:sglee
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@David,
Receiver's message format is also in HTML.
I said above "I sent an email from another SBS2011 with graphics in the signature for testing and my outlook opens it as HTML. So it is NOT my SBS2011. "
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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The most common cause for this is AV software or similar breaking the formatting of the message.
If I am really picky, strictly speaking all email is plain text, just with additional encoding information to change how the message is formatted. Therefore something like AV software can break it quite easily and produce the results that you are seeing.

Simon.
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by:David Atkin
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Whos PC opens it in plain text? - What is their Outlook set to?
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by:sglee
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@Simon
The sender's  computer does not have Anti-virus program.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Doesn't have to be client side AV. Software on the server is the usual cause. Something scanning SMTP traffic on the firewall can also do it.

Simon.
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by:sglee
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@David,
 
 Sender's Outlook 2010 default message format is HTML and same thing on receiving person's Outlook 2010.
 Like I said in my original posting , I have sent a test email from 3rd SBS2011 with graphics in the signature and my outlook opens it as HTML. So what I can conclude is that maybe there is something about Sender's Exchange Server that converts HTML to Text.
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To all,
 This problem was resolved in ID: 28512378.

Thanks for your help and let me close the case.
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by:sglee
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Since I was not find the solution with this question, I opened another question (ID: 28512378)  and received the solution there.
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