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Outlook, HTML Messages, and Internet Explorer

Posted by William Diaz on December 28, 2010


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If you didn’t already know, Outlook 2003 and earlier use IE as its print engine when printing html formatted messages. This means you sometimes need to go to IE to correct problems with emails printing outside of the print margins. These settings are found under File > Page Setup. The defaults are 0.75 on all sides. When coming across issues like this, I often find the margins set to 0.25.

This behavior is not the same for all html formatted messages. Some emails have web content embedded or pasted into them and will have odd page characteristics that cause the message to print outside the margins and may be difficult to correct. Different versions of IE also handle html messages differently.

In Office 2007/2010, html messages in Outlook no longer rely on IE and now use a MS Office html as the printing engine.

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