#2210 new
Mike Conley

Option to default to Plain Text (No Markdown) in Composer

Reported by Mike Conley | December 20th, 2018 @ 01:25 PM

I'm probably missing something, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to force the Composer to default to Plain Text. I have my preferences set to use Markdown for Rich Text, I've unticked the 'Generate HTML even if only for styling' box, and the Viewer preference is to 'Prefer plain text'. But when I open a new Composer window, it invariably defaults to Markdown with preview enabled. 99% of the time, I want to compose a plain text email only; rarely do I want even minimal Markdown formatting.

The MmNeverDisplayHTML hidden option is too draconian, however, and I'm not even sure it applies to the Composer anyway.

If I'm not missing anything here, then consider this a feature request. Cheers.

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  • MGi

    MGi March 11th, 2019 @ 01:48 PM


    I can't find such an option too. Sometimes I want to force a message to plain-text even when using MarkDown syntax.

  • Mike Conley

    Mike Conley July 4th, 2019 @ 03:31 PM

    Message from Bill Cole:-

    This is really quite simple: Preferences->Composer->Rich Text (HTML): "Markup syntax: none" You will still have a pull-down in the composer window pull-down where you can switch to Markdown if you want it but it will default to plain text. Also: uncheck "Generate HTML even if only for styling" because that WILL generate HTML, even if only for styling. Really.

    This does work. So my request now is that there be a simple, one-off setting in the UI that somehow encompasses all of this, as it's clearly a bit obscure for most folks.

  • benny

    benny August 1st, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

    • State changed from “new” to “closed”

    @Mike: Well, it is a single setting (since generating HTML for styling is off by default). But I can see that the language is different in the Composer and Preferences and that is confusing. I'll eventually allow more markup options (Markdown converters) and then this GUI has to change. I'll make a note to see if this can also make this more straightforward.

    (I'm also considering some kind of setup widget asking users about some of the most polarizing settings. People have very different expectations when they switch from different email clients and this could possibly make it easier for them to get better default settings.)

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