I astonished myself when I gave up Eudora as my email client and switched to using Gmail through the web interface.
I’d never thought I’d use any email software through a web page. But Gmail’s conversation threading is so incredibly useful, and I have my web browser open all the time anyway, that I found the web interface worked well for me.
Plus there are other great features, such as previewing attachments, Gmail’s automatic virus and malware filters, the spam traps and phishing alerts, and various Gmail Labs enhancements.
I’m not a fan of fancy HTML or Rich Text in email though so made sure to switch to Plain Text for messages I compose. Gmail remembers your choice, so I seldom had to think about it.
Then last week, after maybe 18 months of happy Plain Text messages one of my messages to a mailing list was bounced for incorporating Rich Text. Bizarre.
Before long I found that the act of replying to a message seemed in itself to create a Rich Text reply, where previously it had not.
Obviously Google changed something behind the scenes a week or two ago.
But there’s a fix:
- Now if you click the Reply link at top right of a message the Reply is in Rich Text.
- If instead you click the Reply link at the bottom of the message the Reply will be in Plain Text (if the message was Plain Text — I can’t speak for Rich Text).
The photos above show: a plain text email (top); a Rich Text reply (middle) — note the Formatting Toolbar; a Plain Text reply (bottom).