First, it's not a good idea to use the Preview Pane. It's one of the ways a number of viruses are able to activate automatically without you opening an attachment.. It's your choice but it's best to turn off the Preview Pane.
Next, reading in "Plain Text" is also safer and the preferred way to read the mail...but if you must use HTML and you're getting a lot of web content on those items, make sure to UNCHECK the box next to "Block images and other external contect in HTML mail" which resides in the Tools/OPtions/Security tab. YOu can also choose to operating in the "Internet Zone" vs the "Restricted Sites" zone.. As mentioned before, this isn't a safe way to read your mail.. Active content in e-mail can allow spyware and viruses to be installed.
Hope this helps.
My Outlook Express 6 has stopped displaying the message body in HTML, either in the preview pane or when the message is opened. It is downloading messages just fine, but I can't read them. I have checked the synchronization settings and set it to All Messages. If I go to Tools>Options>Read and check ''Read all messages in plain text'', the messages show both a plain text attachment as well as an HTML attachment. If I open these, I can then read the message. What's wrong? Please help.