Using HTML to create e-mail messages gives you the flexibility to alter their design and readability. Some businesses send HTML e-mails to brand and market their products and services. While there are people who argue plain-text e-mails are more efficient and more secure than their HTML counterparts, HTML e-mails are now ubiquitous as the vast majority of e-mail clients support HTML encoded messages. With just a few alterations in the software settings, the Microsoft Entourage:Mac e-mail client allows you to send complex HTML messages to your e-mail's recipients.
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Select the "Tools" drop-down menu in the Microsoft Entourage:Mac toolbar. Click on "Accounts ..." and double-click on the name of the email account you'll be sending the HTML message from.
Select the "Options" menu in the "Edit Account" window. Click in the space below the "Header" field, and type "content-type." Click under the "Value" field and type "text/html." Click on the "OK" button at the bottom of the window.
Open a new message window, fill out the address and subject fields, and add any attachments you are sending along with the message.
Insert HTML code in the message body field.
Click on the "Format" drop-down menu in the toolbar and make sure the "HTML" option is unchecked, to disable automatic HTML formatting.
Hit the "Send" button, and your HTML message will be broadcast to your e-mail's recipients.
Tips and warnings
- Some e-mail clients don't support HTML messages. Any e-mail recipient whose e-mail software does not support HTML will not see the intended design of your HTML e-mail message.
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