July 10, 2004

Disabling Display of HTML In Eudora

Q: I use Eudora Lite for e-mail, and sometimes it crashes when opening e-mail with images (typically spam). I'd like Eudora to only show me text, so that spam with images would look like HTML and I'd have to click deliberately before I'd actually see the images. Is there a preference I could toggle to get that as my default view?

A: Yes, there is. You'll need to do some delving into the innards of two categories of Eudora settings, but your wish can be granted.

Eudora has problems with some HTML mail. I've never bothered figuring out if it's because there's something actually wrong with the HTML or if Eudora just has a poor HTML parser. Anyway...

To turn off displaying HTML and images rendered in Eudora, you need to adjust two sets of settings:

  1. Open Eudora's Settings. Scroll through the list of setting icons until you see "Fonts & Display". Uncheck the following: "Automatically download HTML graphics", "Animate animated GIF images", and possibly "Display graphics in messages". Try out the first two and see if that's enough to solve your problem. The last one is for graphics actually attached to the message itself rather than referred to on a remote web site. Most spam e-mail accesses graphics remotely so you can be tracked and doesn't attach graphics to the actual message. If you're still not happy, continue on.

  2. Find the Styled Text settings. Under the section "When receiving styled mail, pay attention to", uncheck everything you'd like to get rid of. This isn't an all or none kind of thing, so feel free to play a bit.

Click "OK" when done to update your settings. I think they take effect immediately.

Posted by Eingang at July 10, 2004 12:06 PM | TrackBack
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