How do I set up my email program to send messages in plain text?

Although we no longer require list messages to be in plain text format, it is still recommended to send your messages in plain text.  Use the instructions here to set your email software to send plain text messages:

  • In Netscape Communicator:
    • Click on the [Edit] menu, then click [Preferences].
    • On the left side of the screen, double-click on "Mail and Newsgroups" to expand the list of items under it. Then click on "Formatting".
    • On the top right side of the screen is an area called Message Formatting. Click "Use the plain text editor to compose messages" to select it. Click OK.
  • In Netscape Mail version 6.0 or higher:
    • Click on the [Edit] menu, then click [Mail and Newsgroups Account Settings].
    • On the left side of the screen, click on your email address.
    • On the bottom right of the screen is a line reading "Compose messages in HTML format". If it is checked, click on it to uncheck it. Click OK.
  • In Outlook Express:
    • Click on the [Tools] menu, then click on [Options]. Click on the [Send] tab at the top of the screen that comes up.
    • At the bottom of the screen, under "Mail Sending Format", click on "Plain Text" to select it. Under "News Sending Format", also click on "Plain Text". Click OK.
    • Alternately, when you are composing a message, you can set just that message to plain text by clicking the [Format] menu and then clicking [Plain text]. This will only affect the message you are composing - it will not change your permanent settings.
  • In Outlook:
    • Click on the [Tools] menu, then click on [Options]. Click on the [Send] tab at the top of the screen that comes up.
    • Click the [Mail Format] tab on the window that appears.
    • Change the "Compose in this message format" line to show "Plain Text" in the drop-down box, then click OK.
  • In Eudora:
    • Click on the [Tools] menu, then click on [Options].
    • On the left side of the screen that comes up, scroll down until you see [Styled Text]. Click on it.
    • On the right side of the screen, click "Send plain text only". Click OK.
  • In Thunderbird
    • Click on the [Tools] menu, then click on [Account Settings].
    • Click the "Composition and Addressing" option in the column on the left side of the screen.
    • On the right side of the screen near the top, click to uncheck "Compose messages in HTML format".  Click OK.