How to Send an Email as Plain Text in Outlook 2013

Microsoft Outlook 2013 provides you with three different formats in which you can send new email messages. You can select from HTML, Plain Text, and Rich Text. If your email recipients are having difficulty reading or receiving messages that you have sent in HTML or Rich Text, then you might prefer to send them in Plain Text instead.

Fortunately this is a setting that you can choose for each individual message that you send, which means that you can continue to send HTML or Rich Text email by default, and only send Plain Text messages to those people that request it. Our guide below will show you where to go in your Outlook email message in order to select your desired formatting.

There are a lot of formatting options in Microsoft Outlook. For example, you can learn how to strikethrough in Outlook if you would like to be able to draw lines through your text.

Format an Email As Plain Text in Outlook 2013

The steps below will only modify the settings for the current email so that it is sent as plain text. If you would instead prefer to use plain text as the default method for sending new messages, then you can do so by going to File > Options > Mail > Compose messages in this format. This setting will only apply to new messages that you create. Replies to messages will be sent in the format in which the message was sent to you.

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You can continue reading below to learn how to format individual messages as plain text.

  1. Open Outlook 2013.
  1. Click the Home tab at the top of the window, then click the New Email button in the New section of the navigational ribbon.
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  1. Click the Format Text tab at the top of the window.
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  1. Click the Plain Text option in the Format section of the navigational ribbon.
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Once you have chosen to send an email message as plain text, you will not be able to use text formatting such as italics, bold, colored text, or other such text styles. You will also be unable to add images into the body of your message, but will still be able to include them as attachments. Additionally, if you have already applied text formatting or added images, then switching to plain text will remove the images and formatting.

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