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Formatting Problems with Plain Text Email

If you send out paragraphs of text, where the only carriage return is at the end of each paragraph, then your subscriber's email reader may decide to format your message differently than how you sent it out. (A carriage return is inserted when you hit "enter" or "return" on your keyboard)

For example, you send out this paragraph, with just one carriage return at the end.

For example, you send out this paragraph, with just one carriage return at the end.

It looks fine in your email reader.

When your subscriber sees the message, it might look like this

When your subscriber sees the message, it might look like this

Therefore, you want to make sure that each line ends with a carriage return, and that the line length is not too long.

Therefore, you want to make sure that each line ends with a carriage return, and that the line length is not too long.

Here the paragraph has a carriage return placed after every 70 characters or so.  Now your subscriber will see the same thing that you see.

mail-list can automatically fix this problem. Log into your Mail-List.com account from https://database.mail-list.com and click on "Customize Your List".

Click on the option called "Wrap Long Lines On All Messages" in your mail-list account.

Click on the option called "Wrap Long Lines On All Messages" in your mail-list account.

In order to get the detailed step-by-step instructions on how to save the settings, please refer to this link:

How do I access my mail-list account and change the settings for my list?

Toggle on the setting, by choosing Yes

Toggle on the setting, by choosing Yes

Or you can format your message by hand, by using the format@mail-list.com auto responder.  Then cut and paste, and send your message to your list.

See this lesson for more details

Formatting Auto Responder

 

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