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Blue vertical lines on forwarded email

by poppapug / October 8, 2007 1:05 AM PDT

I use Outlook Express. I understand the blue vertical line on the left side of a message indicates that message is a forward. Occasionally, I receive an email with two or three of those lines. Question: How do I remove them if I wish to forward the message? I could simply copy and paste the information to a new recipient, but that is time consuming.

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My choice was that all outbound email is now...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2007 1:11 AM PDT

Plain text. I send pictures as attachments.

Why I do this is that email clients so far will handle this fine whereas the colorful email you note tends to fall apart.


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I have the fix. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 8, 2007 6:09 PM PDT

but I'm late for work, I'll get back with you.

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Open OE and. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 9, 2007 4:53 AM PDT

Click Tools, Options. Click the Send tab. Under Mail Sending format, click the HTML settings. UNcheck "Indent message on reply".

To get rid of the chicken lips, >, on the same tab click the Plain text settings, and UNcheck the "Indent the original text. . .".

These will get tid of that stuff on message you send, but not if you've already received them.


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Removing Blue Vertical Forward Markers
by CodCoder / May 3, 2009 2:13 AM PDT

The following applies to Outlook Express in Windows XP or older, and Windows Mail (in Vista).
First, set up your mailer as follows: You only have to do this one time.
Click Tools, Options. Click the Send tab. Under Mail Sending format, click the HTML settings. Uncheck "Indent message on reply".
To get rid of the chicken lips, >, on the same tab click the Plain text settings, and Uncheck the "Indent the original text..".
These will eliminate that stuff on messages you send, but not the ones already in your received messages; that's next.

Now, for a message you have received, here is a safe way to remove the left vertical blue forwarding lines:

First, click the "Forward" tab so that the message comes up in a new window for editing. Make whatever changes you need to the headers. like removing all the old addresses.
Second, Click "View" and be sure that "Source Edit" is check-marked.
At the bottom left of the window you should see three tabs, Edit, Source, and Preview.
Click "Source." You will now be seeing the HTML source code for the page in question.
For each Blue "forwarding" line there will be a line of code that looks something like this:
style="PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: blue 2px solid">
If you change the 2px to 0px (zero, not oh..), you will have reduced the line's width to 0 pixels, thus removing it from view. You may now see or use the results by clicking Edit at the bottom of the window.
Repeat the above for each blue line. Note that if you have made some sort of mistake, your original received message has not been altered.

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Acknowledgement to Coryphaeus
by CodCoder / May 3, 2009 2:36 AM PDT

I included the instructions from Coryphaeus in the first paragraph of my reply so that it would be a complete solution. My sincere thanks to that user.

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