How to Use Rich HTML Formatting in Windows Mail

Email has long been, and to a large degree continues to be, plain text.

But even if you usually prefer sending simple messages in plain text, you may want to make use of the formatting capabilities that Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, and Outlook Express put (literally) at your fingertips now and then.

With these formatting tools, you can use bold face and custom fonts as well as background sound, inline images and much more.

Use Rich HTML Formatting in an Email with Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To use rich text formatting in an email you compose in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  • Create a new message via the Create Mail toolbar button or press Ctrl-N.
  • Select Format from the menu and click on Rich text (HTML) or Rich Text (HTML).
    • In Windows Live Mail, you may have to press the Alt key to see the menu bar.
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