How to Turn Off HTML in Gmail Composer


Gmail's email composer window supports two different types of message formatting. You can send either HTML emails or plain-text emails. HTML emails use the same formatting code used on Web pages. HTML email provides a richer range of display options, and can support different fonts, colors, sizes, links and font faces. Many people prefer to receive plain-text emails. You can turn off HTML emails in Gmail's composer window by clicking the link in the composer window itself.

  • Click the "Compose Mail" button at the upper-left corner of the Gmail page.

  • Click the "Plain Text" link to the right of the formatting options above the message text box.

  • Click "OK" to confirm the loss of formatting.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you only see a "Rich Formatting" link, Gmail's composer is already in plain-text mode.


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