Set message format

This policy setting controls the default message format in Outlook 2007.

If you do not configure this policy setting, new e-mail messages in Outlook 2007 are formatted as HTML.

If you enable this policy setting, you can set the default e-mail format in Outlook 2007 to HTML, Rich Text, or plain text. Users can choose a format other than the default when composing messages.

If you disable this policy setting, Outlook uses HTML as the default e-mail format and users will not be able to change it.

If you do not configure this policy setting, Outlook uses HTML as the default e-mail format, but users can choose a format other than the default when composing messages.

Supported on: At least Windows Vista
Use the following format for e-mail messages:


  1. HTML
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Options\Mail
    Value NameEditorPreference
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value131073
  2. Rich Text
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Options\Mail
    Value NameEditorPreference
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value196609
  3. Plain Text
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Options\Mail
    Value NameEditorPreference
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value65537


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