Software & Apps MS Office How to Send Plain Text Message in Outlook Mail on the Web Use plain text in webmail to eliminate unwanted formatting and code By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated February 20, 2020 Free-Photos / Pixabay MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint Tweet Share Email A message in plain text does not rely on fancy fonts, colors, graphics, and smilies to impact and influence. As an added benefit, plain text emails don't send dangerous, superfluous, or unwanted code. Plain text emails can be read by every email client, and are easy to compose in Outlook Mail on the Web. Instructions in this article apply to Outlook.com and Outlook Online. Send a Plain Text Email From Outlook Mail on the Web To write and send an email message that uses only plain text from Outlook Mail on the Web: Select New message. Or, choose a message and select Reply or Forward. The message can be open in the Reading pane or in a separate window. Select More actions (●●●) in the message toolbar. Select Switch to plain text. If Switch to HTML appears in the menu but not Switch to plain text, the email is set to be sent in plain text only. If prompted to confirm your choice, select OK. Compose the message and select Send. Send Plain Text Email by Default in Outlook Mail on the Web To set up Outlook Online so plain text editing is the default for new emails: Select Settings (the gear icon ⚙️). Select View all Outlook settings. Go to Mail > Compose and reply. In the Message format section, select the Compose messages in dropdown arrow and choose Plain text. Select Save. Close the Settings dialog box.