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    AO übergeek phishphreek's Avatar
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    disable html in outlook 2000

    I am trying to disable HTML in outlook. I hate those emails simply cause I don't know what can be included in the source, or who is tracking them. I know good virus protection and etc. will help... but I still don't want it.

    I have done some searching and came up with a "patch".

    It is called NoHTML and you can get it from: MSNWAR.com

    nohtml

    I am kind of reluctant to try it though... just something about a site called msnwar and I've never heard anything about it before.

    Has anyone ever heard of it? Tried it?
    Know of another solution to disable HTML messages within Outlook 2000 or 2003?

    If not... guess I can always go back to PINE...

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    I thought there was a setting in Outlook to disable this?

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;295957 <-- sorry .. closer inspect this is to disable ActiveX only

    <edit> A-ha.. Found it! http://www.birdhouse.org/etc/evilmail.html <-- Click the How to Fix It link.. grumbles.. outgoing only

    I could have sworn there was a way to disable HTML emails via options/preferences in Outlook


    sigh.. Old.. but.. http://ntbugtraq.ntadvice.com/defaul...&pid=55&did=38 <--is NoHTML but sourced at NTBugtraq
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    Well, that will only disable scripts.

    That doesn't disable a spammers ability to check to see if my email is existant, or misc. tracking. They can still include images and misc. that I have to download from their servers, etc.

    I just want plain old text...

    EDIT: I've seen how to disable it on the sending end...

    EDIT: Didn't see your edit. :-)

    Maybe I'll just see if filters work... and then filter it right to the trash can.
    Does that constitue "opening" and email? I don't want my filter to accidentially report back info, or possibly infect me with a virus for which I have not applied new defs.

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    I couldn't tell if you solved your problem yet. I found this though.

    I DO NOT view "HTML stationary" (or any other inlined images) as the sender intended. I view ALL E-Mail as "plain text." This also reduces the chance of executing "malicious" HTML spam and makes for easier reading of high volumes of E-Mail from many different people.

    * In OE 6, select Tools --> Options --> Read Tab --> check Read all messages in plain text. (Option available with IE6 SP1 installed).
    * In Outlook 2002, you must download the latest service pack and add a setting in the registry. Instructions on how to do this is here: http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;307594
    o Ensure you have the latest service pack already installed and you can download and apply this registry patch: Outlook2002PlainTextFix.zip ~ 330 bytes
    * In Outlook 2003, select Tools --> Options --> Preferences Tab --> E-mail options... button --> check Read all standard mail in plain text.
    got it here: http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/Email/filter1.htm

    Hope this helps.

    edit

    Yeah, i wasn't going to post it until I reread and saw this:
    Has anyone ever heard of it? Tried it?
    Know of another solution to disable HTML messages within Outlook 2000 or 2003?
    So I went ahead and posted it.

    Also check this out: http://www.slipstick.com/dev/code/zaphtml.htm

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    AO übergeek phishphreek's Avatar
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    h3r3tic: thanks for that info. I'll check it out when I get back to work.

    Looks like its only for Outlook 2k2/2k3 and OE6.

    I'm using Outlook 2k...

    My PC came with m$ small business xp though... so I can reinstall that if I have to.

    I just like to keep everything the same as the rest of the workstations so I can idiot proof instructions via phone.

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    View All Messages in Plain Text

    If you are using Office XP SR1 update (does not work on earlier builds), you now have the ability to force all incoming messages to be displayed as plain text in both the preview pane and opened message form. This is done with a registry key that stops the HTML engine from rendering the content.
    Outlook 2003 includes a "read as plain" feature and improves on it. You can toggle HTML back on per message when you click in the Infobar.

    Unlike other utilities, such as zapHTML or WYB, the message is not actually concevted to plain text (or RTF) and if you want to see it in HTML format, you can either remove the key or view it on another computer.

    The key is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Options\Mail

    Add a DWORD of READASPLAIN=1

    Now all messages will be displayed as plain text.


    http://www.outlook-tips.net/Tricks/plain_text.htm
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