Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the code used to design web pages. HTML also creates enhanced email messages that contain elements like hyperlinks and digital photos. Normally, you open the HTML email as you regularly do with other messages, but if the email shows only plain text, you know that you need to take steps to allow your program to render the contents correctly. Using the settings in your own email program, you can make sure that the next email delivered to your in box is rendered with HTML.
Check your email application's "Help" or "FAQ" page to see if HTML messages are allowed. Programs like Lotus Notes, AOL and plain-text readers do not render HTML emails.
Make sure your email account is set up to receive HTML messages properly. Many applications display HTML automatically, but email settings may keep the message from appearing as intended. In Microsoft Outlook Express, select the "Options" link under the "Tools" menu, click the "Security" tab, and "uncheck" the check from the "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail" box. With Yahoo! Mail, click the "Options," "More Options," or "Mail Options," and "Spam" links. Remove the mark from the "Initially block all images" box. Using Gmail, click the "Settings" and "General" links, then check the button next to "Always display external content (such as images) sent by trusted senders."
Restart your email program to make sure the changes take effect.
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