This week, I got an interesting question from reader Lew Gazaway, who had started using Outlook 2007 as his email program:
I find your newsletter informative and interesting to read. I am using Windows 7 and Office 2007.
How do I open your newsletter in Outlook and view it as an attachment rather than it opening it up in the viewing pane. I would like to view it as it did in Outlook Express or Windows Mail (Vista) where this opened up in a web browser.
Many thanks for any help you can give.
I wrote back to Lew to say that this was a good question. My newsletter is not an attachment, so I don’t know why Outlook Express and Windows Mail showed it that way — unless they were unable to display HTML–formatted emails and, therefore, shifted them to Internet Explorer to be viewed. The email is formatted as an HTML email, so it shows as an email in Outlook and in Eudora (which I use).
You can always double-click on the message in the message list — that way it will open up as its own email window.
Lew wrote back to say:
Thank you for your quick response. I think I have found my own answer.
Outlook Express and Windows Mail used an IE engine to render hmtl mail pages. When Office Outlook 2007 was introduced "Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 uses the HTML parsing and rendering engine from Microsoft Office Word 2007 to display HTML message bodies. The same HTML and cascading style sheets (CSS) support available in Word 2007 is available in Outlook 2007." ( Copied from http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2007/01/10/microsoft-breaks-html-email-rendering-in-outlook/).
So I guess that there is no way I can see your newsletter in a web browser from Outlook 2007. The reason I wanted to do it this way was to magnify the word size and not have to side scroll ,which is possible in the browser window but not in a Word pane.
He quickly wrote back again to say:
Sorry to keep troubling you, but I have found a way to answer my last statement.
On the ribbon ,in the "Actions" tab is an icon "Other Actions" When you click on it you will see ,second from the bottom, View in Browser. Which does just as the name implies. I guess I just over looked it, not accustomed to the ribbon.
Again thank you for your help and quick reply.
I had looked around on Outlook’s Ribbon, too, but didn’t spot it either. The Ribbon interface in Microsoft Office 2007 is great if you know what you’re looking for and where to find it. However, if you’re trying to find a feature or how to do something, it is a royal pain.
Thanks for the tip, Lew.