Force Mail to display plain text by default

Jul 16, '03 09:56:00AM

Contributed by: Anonymous

Many UNIX users Prefer their email in plain text, as opposed to HTML or RTF or whatever else is out there. Unfortunately Mail.app doesn't have a checkbox for this, but the preference exists! Edit the mail preference file (com.apple.mail.plist in ~/Library -> Preferences) and add the following lines into the first dictionary:


  <key>PreferPlainText</key>
  <true/>
Make sure you know what you're doing when playing around in XML preference files! It worked for me under Mail 1.2.5 (v552)

[robg adds: An alternative way of adding the key is through the Terminal. Just type:
defaults write com.apple.mail PreferPlainText -bool TRUE
I did this, then quit and re-launched Mail. I was hoping it would force the various spams I receive in to plaintext mode, but it made no difference in those (and I force everything else into a mono font anyway, so it's hard for me to see a difference in other emails).]

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