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Created bulleted lists in Mail Apps
One of the things I liked in Entourage was the ability to use formatting elements like numbered lists and other elements within an email message. When I switched over to Apple's Mail.app, I thought I had lost this ability, as it appears nowhere in any of the toolbars and menus.

Fear not! It is still possible through use of lowly TextEdit.

Fire up TextEdit and format your text however you would like. It supports bulleted lists, numbered lists, colors, etc. Once you have the text the way you like it, highlight it, and copy. Switch back to Mail and paste the text into your mail message. Mail should preserve all of the formatting that you made in TextEdit. And you can keep on merrily editing. If you want even more than TextEdit can provide, you can do the same in other HTML editors (like DreamWeaver).

One thing to be wary of -- Mail will attempt to create a plain text version of your email as a secondary attachment for people who are using an email client that understands text only. This plan text attachment may look rather strange, depending on how fancy you get.
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Created bulleted lists in Mail
Authored by: schwartze on Aug 18, '05 11:12:29AM

You can also use the Services Menu.
- highlight the text
- choose Services
- choose Mail
- choose Send Selection

This will paste what you have typed straight into a Mail message.



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...or not
Authored by: nxg on Aug 18, '05 01:13:06PM

> Mail will attempt to create a plain text version
> of your email as a secondary attachment for
> people who are using an email client that
> understands text only.

...or indeed those of us who nearly fainted with delight at hint <http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030711201917175>, which reveals how to tell Mail.app to ignore HTML alternatives, and prefer plain text.

[If there is a plain text version, that is. It won't work for messages -- most typically spam -- which are HTML-only]



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Created bulleted lists in Mail
Authored by: anon luser on Aug 19, '05 04:49:20AM

This is idiotic. Why create messages that you know can't be
read by all of your recipients? May as well switch back to windows
of that's your attitude.



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Created bulleted lists in Mail
Authored by: sapporo on Aug 19, '05 05:56:03AM

Creating bulleted lists in any E-mail client is simple:
* One
* Two
* Three



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Created bulleted lists in Mail
Authored by: BohrMe on Aug 19, '05 07:34:40AM

I still find it amazing that people will insult others just because someone might prefer html email over text (might!).

Bandwidth is no longer a problem except for heavy graphics in conjunction with email. But that's not what we're talking about here. If you want more bandwidth get rid of all the spam. Html adds virtually no overhead compared to spam.

We don't seem to mind web pages that fill our browser with graphics and Flash animation yet we still argue about html in email.

We will kill trees to observe how our documents look on paper before we send it to others but we argue about html in email, which consumes electrons. Amazing.

The evolution of email has led down this path, like it or not, so either accept it or be a whiner in the minority. If you do not prefer html you can politely remind the sender of your preference. One does not have to be rude about it.

Just drop it. It's a stupid argument anyway.



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Created bulleted lists in Mail
Authored by: robertv on Aug 25, '05 03:49:40PM

I copied this from TextEdit and pasted it into Mail:
List
• item 1
• item 2
• item 3
End of List

It worked fine but offers some strange behavior. When I placed my cursor after the digit "2" and pressed Enter a few times I saw a bullet on a separate line for each Enter I pressed. So far it was what I'd expect. However, when I pressed the left arrow my cursor skipped over all the extra lines. Also, when I deleted one line they all disappeared.

In short, your list will paste properly but don't expect to be able to edit it in Mail itself.



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Created bulleted lists in Mail
Authored by: jiclark on Aug 28, '05 03:36:40PM

Question:

Is the issue here that bullets (option-8) are not a character that exists in plain text? Sorry to be dense here, but having never really used a Windows machine, I've always used bullets without thinking they might not translate to another platform...

And if so, why not just do what another poster suggested and used asterisks instead?



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10.4 only?
Authored by: bonkydooky on Oct 26, '05 02:47:06PM

I assume that the poster is using 10.4 Tiger? I'm on Panther and I'll be hornswoggled if I can find any bullet or numbered lists feature.



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