Thursday, April 24, 2003


A Very Quick Email Formatting Tip

I've been providing communications services for one of my clients, writing articles and newsletters, sending weekly email updates to specialized distribution lists, doing weekly web updates, and posting online the discussion notes from leadership meetings. Most of their needs fit nicely into Word, Outlook, and FrontPage. It's no surprise that people using different browsers see pages differently--but this same disparity exists in email clients, too. Something I send from Outlook might look completely different in another person's Inbox. To gain a bit of control over the format of the emails, I fudge a bit by creating a single-cell Word table, writing the email update within the cell (formatting as needed), and using File > Send To > Mail Recipient to send the document directly to the list. Using the table cell contains the formatting and limits the margins. If the recipient is set up to receive Text Only messages, the formatting will still be removed, but at least for those who can receive HTML messages, things will look the way I want them to. It's the small things in life that count. :) k

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