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Sending HTML Formatted Email from ASP.NET

Last Modified: 2017-05-01
I'm trying to send email from my ASP.NET VB web page using Outlook. I can get the message to open  but the body will not format the HTML, I've tried using both BodyFormat = OlBodyFormat.olFormatHTML & HTMLBody = True, but still no joy.

here's my code:

Imports Outlook

Partial Class _Default
    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page

    Private Sub cmdSend_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles cmdSend.Click

        ' Create Outlook App and Connect
        Dim OutlookApplication As New Application()

        ' create the MailItem which we want to send 
        ' Use a try catch to make sure Outlook is running
            Dim email As MailItem = DirectCast(OutlookApplication.CreateItem(OlItemType.olMailItem), MailItem)

            ' Add a recipient for the email

            'email.BodyFormat = OlBodyFormat.olFormatHTML

            email.HTMLBody = True

            email.Subject = "Test"
            email.Body = "This is a test <strong>email</strong><br/ >This is another line to check <i>outlook</i> email sending code"

            ' add display name, position and attach type for the attachment
            Dim DisplayName As String = "MyAttachment"
            Dim iPosition As Integer = email.Body.Length + 1
            Dim AttachType As Integer = DirectCast(OlAttachmentType.olByValue, Integer)

            'now attached the file
            'Dim Attach As Attachment = email.Attachments.Add("C:\test.txt", AttachType, iPosition, DisplayName)

            ' open to read it first

           ' Or just send
         End Try
    End Sub
End Class

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When I preview the message, this is what it looks like, as you can see the HTML tags are ignored

This is a test <strong>email</strong><br/ >This is another line to check <i>outlook</i> email sending code
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