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    What is 'plain text' and how do I use it?

    Hi, I feel really really dumb but I would be very grateful if someone could help with this.

    I send out messages by email regularly to a group of people via an 'announce list' but the formatting always makes a complete mess of what I write - no spacing, underlining etc. I've been advised to send things out in plain text, but don't really know what it is or how to do it. Someone suggested using the font Lucida Console, but is it just a question of putting the text in the email into that font and then sending?

    I have Windows XP, but the Word Help section doesn't give any guidance.

    Thanks a million for any help!

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    I think just plain old typing in whatever font is what they are saying. Whenever you start bolding, colors, different setups, actually formatting, others don't have the same setups and therefore the email is all screwie. Screwie is a technical term. Can you send the email in an attachment in case you need to format for emphasis???

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    Thanks very much for replying.

    The list doesn't take attachments -I've tried but they don't go through. I've been sending out the messages in Arial font with no bolding or colors or anything like that, so I don't understand why it's not working. I just want it to space properly more than anything, but it's all bunched up.

    I don't think plain text just means ordinary text.

    I've tried looking it up but it's too technical for me to understand.

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    plain text gets rid of html and all the fancy stuff... if something is formatted it is stripped of its coding in plain text which is why it doesn't look as nice when you read it

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    Thanks Tonichelle , but I guess my real question is how do I create plain text in an ordinary email so that it looks OK when it arrives at the other end? I send emails via AOL. It doesn't seem to matter which font I use (though haven't tried Lucida) as when it gets sent it just gets butchered and looks a complete mess and very unprofessional.

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    Do you have AOL installed on your computer, or are you accessing it through their web page? Here is a discussion of how to format your computer for plain text with different versions of AOL.

    http://members.aol.com/adamkb/aol/mailfaq/sendhtml.html

    With some versions you can't do it at all, and depending on the version, there are different hoops that you have to jump through.

    As I understand it, the problem is more with the recipient, if they can't properly display all the HTML bells and whistles. It is kind of surprising that this is still a problem, as ubiquitous as standard HTML code is these days. (Does Golden State display properly on your computer?)

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