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!