How to get rid of the blue vertical line in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 when replying to a message and instead get these > ‘greater-than’ characters instead, the way we always liked it. 8^)
Although this is mostly a fanatic, ecstatic, wannabe Hare Krishna devotee blog, right now I’m writing about an e-mailing trick on Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 running on Windows Vista. If you want to read some blogging about Krishna, try the archives on the right or check back soon.
If you’re still reading, I’ll presume you’re running the above software, and you’ve gotten an e-mail to which you want to reply within that original message. Unless the e-mail is Plain Text, when you reply, your e-mail will likely have a vertical blue line to the left of the original message. This blue line is the digital equivalent of stepping in dog s**t, since it’s horrible and you can’t get rid of it nor can you go where you want with it. If the incoming message was in Plain Text, instead of the blue line, there would be one of these > beginning each line of the original message quoted in the reply. The > sign is way better for a variety of reasons, which if you’re still reading, you probably already know.
So you take your incoming message and open it. It’ll be in its own window now, and you should click on “Other Actions,” then in that list click “Edit Message.” Now many more options are available at the top, and indeed we want to select “Options.” Then click “Plain Text.” Next click ”Message.” Finally the original HTML or Rich Text message is now Plain Text. Go ahead and select your preffered reply option, such as “Reply.” Ahhh, there’s the
You can thank me by repeating:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
P.S. After doing this if you want to send your message in HTML or Rich Text, simply select Options and pick whatever you like. Now please chant Hare Krishna. 8^)
P.P.S. If when you hit “Reply” the original message wasn’t preceded by a > on each line, then you have to start over. If you’ve typed anything you want to keep, keep this message open; if not, then close it. Back in the main Outlook window, click on “Tools,” then “Options.” When the Options window appears, near the top of the “Preferences” tab is a button, “E-mail Options…” Click it. On the bottom half of the window that comes up, you can tell it what you want. Hare Krishna.