Retaining Tabs in outlook body

GuyCarnegie

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Need to work out how best to align horizontal tabs in outline numbered lists and retain them through conversations.

I have a weekly report to do which includes an outline numbered list of activities. Each activity has a description, status and ETA which I'm aligning with tab characters.

It looks like horizontal tab formatting is lost as soon as I send the item, where all tabs are converted to spaces or periods and the horizontal alignment is lost, so I need to either
1. Reformat with Tabs each time I respond to an email
2. Somehow shoehorn each line of the outline numbered list into an HTML table row. Can HTML table include outline numbering from row to row?
or
3. Do everything in msword and keep as an attachment rather than part of the mailitem body.
4. Do everything in Excel and forego the nested outline numbering. (not ideal)

Actually, I suspect the recipient also doesn't see the horizontal alignment as my "sent item" also shows the misalignment of fields, although was correct when composed.
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Is there any other way to horizontally align multiple fields in a outline numbered list in such a way that they are retained through a conversation?
 
If the list width is not too wide - and mail is html format - it should work, but line wrapping can break it for the recipient.

I would use tables - but wide tables can be a problem - so either word or excel attachment might be better.

Wild guess... but if the lines break around my red line, does it retain the format? If yes, try Shift+enter to break the lines to retain the outline. Adding the ruler to the view might help too - add the button to the Quick Access Toolbar to enable / diable showing it. If you are using tabs, try spaces (tabs will be converted to spaces anyway) and use a fixed width font.
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If the list width is not too wide - and mail is html format - it should work, but line wrapping can break it for the recipient.

I would use tables - but wide tables can be a problem - so either word or excel attachment might be better.

Wild guess... but if the lines break around my red line, does it retain the format? If yes, try Shift+enter to break the lines to retain the outline. Adding the ruler to the view might help too - add the button to the Quick Access Toolbar to enable / diable showing it. If you are using tabs, try spaces (tabs will be converted to spaces anyway) and use a fixed width font.
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Hi Diane,
The list width isn't too wide at all so I'm not worried about line wrapping.
When you say "tabs will be converted to spaces anyway" - I think that is the root of the problem. How to make tabs stay as tabs with the corresponding indent, throughout the course of a conversation, rather than a series of spaces which doesn't always correspond to the same precise indent.
Some of my tabs have leaders made of full stops / periods rather than spaces, which are being converted to lots and lots of full stops - but obviously different numbers of them.

If you would use tables, then how would you make sure that each table row gets its appropriately generated and indented outline numbering?
 
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