How to delete the indents of a received email in Outlook 2010

There are some emails that have a long "history" of reply/forward.  When replying, we noticed that mostly to bottom all text is indented heavily, to the extent of making it look like a 1 character  column.

We have tried Clear Format button and CTRL-SHIFT-T, but to no avail.  Though the Clear Format button removes all indents, it also removes all bold of send/receive lines, changes the font, etc.  The CTRL-SHIFT-T doesn't work on these "history" indents.  Also tried Format Text >> Paragraph area >> and Click the window launcher arrow in the bottom right corner, on the selected text, but no success also.

We want remove all the indents prior responding to the email without loosing bold, fonts, etc.; how can we go about it?

Thank you.
rayluvsAsked:
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Found the closest to a solution I can find... these steps are for reverting or left-indenting paragraphs too-far-right-indented in an email that has a long history of reply (as in the example : 42453002):

  • First, select the lines or paragraph.
  • Then click top-left In the ruler area (between the Body and Subject)
  • Click & hold "Hanging Indent"
  • Then move it forward a bit, then back.
(with this it seems to disable the "fixed" or "unmovable" indent)
  • Finally, start clicking away at the left-indent icon in the Message >> Basic text >> Left Index icon.

Done!

Note:
This is not the perfect solution, but it has permitted me to re-adjust parts of a "reply" email so it can be readable.

Hope other members find it helpful!
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
The correct key combination for removing the complete paragraph ident (in Word) is Ctrl-Shift-M, but that doesn't work well on Outlook.
Can you explain "Format Text >> Paragraph area >> and Click the window launcher arrow in the bottom right corner"?
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
By "Format Text >> Paragraph area >> and Click the window launcher arrow in the bottom right corner", I am referring to the ribbon (see below).

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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Ok, and what does it display then? Do you see indent values?

BTW, you should make sure that replies do not indent prior content in your Outlook settings. That is old-fashioned and conterproductive, as you can see ;-).
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
In Format Text >> Paragraph area we tried changing value sin "Indent and Spacing, but doesn't solve the problem -  all indentations are left as is.

As per your comment:
BTW, you should make sure that replies do not indent prior content in your Outlook settings. That is old-fashioned and conterproductive, as you can see ;-).

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I don't have no control over this.  I receive emails with this history of reply's/forward.

What I want is to align all far-left, thus removing the indent.

The pix below demonstrate the continual indents (I want to left-alien them but can't seem to do it or not permitted)
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Then it is properly part of the HTML code resp. CSS. Outlook is not very clever about that.
You can try if formatting with a style helps here. That should retain bold etc. applied to parts of the paragraph, and might remove the indent.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
formatting with a style didn't help, all still indented.

There has to way.
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Yes, look at the HTML code and change it ;-).
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
How? (i'm trying to find where)
[changed it to what?]
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
You know how to view the HTML code of a message? Context menu in the mail, then View Source or similar.
That doesn't allow to modify, though, but you might spot the way the indents are made.
Probably you'll have to apply some VBA code to clean up.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
I was looking for a workaround more in the user-end using the outlook features already included,  not really looking for programming.

However, looking in how indents are made, as you said in an email messages, help me with this question:

In a new email message I can click on right-indent button many times and my text is right-indented as many tones as I click onbsaid bitton.  In the same way if I click on the left-indent button, the same text is moved to the left, thus left-indented, also as many times as I click the button.

The above said, when I go into one of these emails with long history of reply/forward (as the pix I uploaded previously displays), why when selecting a portion of text that is extremely right-indented and I press the “left-indent” button it doesn’t work.   Yet if in the same selected text I click on the “right-indent” button, it indent the same text another right-indent space.

Maybe a little feedback on this behavior will help in a workaround.

What you think?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
I cannot tell what kind of indents are used, but they are not those you can change with Outllook directly. Of course your own indents can be reversed, that's not suprising.
Luckily all of our clients are on agreement to NOT use indention on replies ;-).
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
So strange this behavior of not permitting reversing indents of receiving emails.

Ol, thank you.  We are still looking for a way.
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Strange things happen with emails ... Great you found a (partial) workaround for the worst case, and sad there is nothing more easily done.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Solved my problem.
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