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TECH TIP – Clean Up Your Forwards

Do you get a lot of forwarded email?  Or do you forward a lot of email?  (I get a lot but I don’t forward a lot).  Well, when you receive forwarded email, it frequently arrives with the dreaded ‘>’ marks (“greater than” symbol) at the beginning of each line.  Sometimes, there are multiple ‘>’ marks at the beginnings of each line, depending on how many times it has been forwarded.

If you want to use the text in the email, and you don’t want the ‘>’ marks, there is an easy way to “clean” your emails of those unwanted characters.  In last week's update, there were four announcements that I received that had the ‘>’ symbols that I had to remove before I could include them in the announcement list.  So how do I remove those malapropos marks

I use one of 2 different programs to clean my emails.

Stripmail (a freeware program) is one of the easiest ways to “strip” out these unwanted characters.  Here’s how it works. 

That’s it!  I just did all the steps above and it took me 12 seconds! (I timed myself on my trusty Timex stopwatch).  Wow!

One other good thing about this program is that you don’t have to install it. After you download it, just double click on it to use it..  You can download it from here
http://www.dsoft.com.tr/stripmail/

Ecleaner is another good freeware program that “cleans” your emails extraneous marks.  This one works much the same way but allows you to customize your "cleanup" and offers a few more options.  You can get Ecleaner from here:
http://ecleaner.tripod.com/index.html

One last thing.  Many email programs allows you to set your preferences so as not to send ‘>’ marks when you reply to or forward an email.  Here’s how to do it in Outlook Express:

That’s it – your emails will be sent (forwarded or replied to) without the “greater than” symbol.  Take the time to do that - you'll make your friends happy!

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