Forcing Outlook 2003 Not To Use Rich Text (WINMAIL.DAT)

Hi there,

I'm having a problem with my Outlook 2003 (which many others appear to
be having as well) whereby Outlook insists on sending some messages as
Outlook Rich Text Format, and of course non-Outlook recipients receive
a message with the infamous WINMAIL.DAT attachment.

I had imported my Contacts from Outlook 2000, and I believe that
somewhere during the export & import process, the Internet format for
the e-mail addresses of all my contacts (which you can view in the
E-mail Properties dialog box, by double-clicking a contact's e-mail
address) was set to "Send using Outlook Rich Text Format"!

I have checked my Outlook Options and under the Mail Format tab (a) my
Message format is set to HTML and (b) under Internet Format, Outlook
Rich Text options is set to "Convert to HTML format".  Neither of
these settings however seem to conquer Outlook Rich Text!  My
colleagues still complain about receiving WINMAIL.DAT files when I try
to send them attachments.

Needless to say, this is pretty infuriating.  Short of changing the
Internet format setting for every e-mail address in my more than 600
Contacts, can anyone suggest another way to force Outlook 2003 to
unconditionally and consistently use HTML format?  A magic registry
setting perhaps?  ;-)  Any help is appreciated.

splounx, a very frustrated (and hopeful!) Outlook User
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4/5/2004 4:32:37 AM
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Do you use a PDA?  I seem to recall that some older versions of sync
software will force messages to Outlook Rich Text even though options set
elsewhere was for plain text or html.  (This behavior seemed to happen
during every sync operation.)

"splounx" <equalto@mail.com> wrote in message
news:f541593b.0404042032.30d85ef@posting.google.com...
> Hi there,
>
> I'm having a problem with my Outlook 2003 (which many others appear to
> be having as well) whereby Outlook insists on sending some messages as
> Outlook Rich Text Format, and of course non-Outlook recipients receive
> a message with the infamous WINMAIL.DAT attachment.
>
> I had imported my Contacts from Outlook 2000, and I believe that
> somewhere during the export & import process, the Internet format for
> the e-mail addresses of all my contacts (which you can view in the
> E-mail Properties dialog box, by double-clicking a contact's e-mail
> address) was set to "Send using Outlook Rich Text Format"!
>
> I have checked my Outlook Options and under the Mail Format tab (a) my
> Message format is set to HTML and (b) under Internet Format, Outlook
> Rich Text options is set to "Convert to HTML format".  Neither of
> these settings however seem to conquer Outlook Rich Text!  My
> colleagues still complain about receiving WINMAIL.DAT files when I try
> to send them attachments.
>
> Needless to say, this is pretty infuriating.  Short of changing the
> Internet format setting for every e-mail address in my more than 600
> Contacts, can anyone suggest another way to force Outlook 2003 to
> unconditionally and consistently use HTML format?  A magic registry
> setting perhaps?  ;-)  Any help is appreciated.
>
> splounx, a very frustrated (and hopeful!) Outlook User


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neoheart (690)
4/5/2004 12:10:05 PM
I have the same problem and all the attempts to follow the cure of using HTML or Plain Text failed

I found prior to sending the message; pull down the options menu for the individual message, under deliver options there is an "Attachment format:" it is set to "default" changing this to eithe "UUEncode" or "BINHEX" allowed the document to arrive readable along with a winmail.dat file

I did not see a setting for this for Outlook as a whole, only for each individual e-mail sent.  Until MSFT can get a fix out
    
     ----- neo [mvp outlook] wrote: ----
    
     Do you use a PDA?  I seem to recall that some older versions of syn
     software will force messages to Outlook Rich Text even though options se
     elsewhere was for plain text or html.  (This behavior seemed to happe
     during every sync operation.
    
     "splounx" <equalto@mail.com> wrote in messag
     news:f541593b.0404042032.30d85ef@posting.google.com..
     > Hi there
     >> I'm having a problem with my Outlook 2003 (which many others appear t
     > be having as well) whereby Outlook insists on sending some messages a
     > Outlook Rich Text Format, and of course non-Outlook recipients receiv
     > a message with the infamous WINMAIL.DAT attachment
     >> I had imported my Contacts from Outlook 2000, and I believe tha
     > somewhere during the export & import process, the Internet format fo
     > the e-mail addresses of all my contacts (which you can view in th
     > E-mail Properties dialog box, by double-clicking a contact's e-mai
     > address) was set to "Send using Outlook Rich Text Format"
     >> I have checked my Outlook Options and under the Mail Format tab (a) m
     > Message format is set to HTML and (b) under Internet Format, Outloo
     > Rich Text options is set to "Convert to HTML format".  Neither o
     > these settings however seem to conquer Outlook Rich Text!  M
     > colleagues still complain about receiving WINMAIL.DAT files when I tr
     > to send them attachments
     >> Needless to say, this is pretty infuriating.  Short of changing th
     > Internet format setting for every e-mail address in my more than 60
     > Contacts, can anyone suggest another way to force Outlook 2003 t
     > unconditionally and consistently use HTML format?  A magic registr
     > setting perhaps?  ;-)  Any help is appreciated
     >> splounx, a very frustrated (and hopeful!) Outlook Use
    
    
     
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anonymous (74722)
4/6/2004 10:11:03 PM
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