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In Gmail, you can easily send messages using either rich HTML formatting or plain text. Plain-text formats strip formatting, as well as colors and images. Here”s how to send plain-text messages through the web version of Gmail.
How to Send a Message in Plain Text from Gmail
To send an email in plain text in Gmail, compose a message as you normally would. At the bottom of the compose window, click the three-dot menu and then click Plain text mode.
To remove formatting from a string of text, highlight the text and choose the Remove formatting button from the Formatting toolbar.
Why Plain Text Emails Matter
Plain-text messaging is technically the default method by which emails are transmitted. However, if you use special formats like HTML or RTF, the email will look like gibberish behind the scenes; the raw formatting code is what transmits over the internet. The recipient”s email program reads the encoded instructions to reconstruct and then present the email as you intended.
In most cases, this reconstruction process isn”t a big deal. However, most email programs allow users to disable HTML rendering of messages as a security precaution. Because spam messages, viruses, and other types of malware can execute when an email program reads and then executes code, programs (like Microsoft Outlook) tend to suppress HTML by default.
If your message depends on HTML, a large chunk of your audience may not see it, especially if they haven”t added your email address as a trusted or safe-listed correspondent.