Retaining Tabs in outlook body

GuyCarnegie

Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2019 64-bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
Operating system::    win10
Outlook version:     365
Email type or host:    exch

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.
Capture.JPG


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.
1710270495352.png
 
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.
View attachment 4145
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?
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
C Custom Forms: Question about retaining form information throughout the entire conversation Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 2
S Removing an Exchange Server account, retaining POP accounts Exchange Server Administration 1
T Outlook 2007 forms: Check boxes and free text boxes not retaining data Using Outlook 1
T "Tabs from (eg) 5 May, 18 May and 17 June" in Favourites Using Outlook 3
C BCM Text Boxes & tabs are too short when downloading to Office 365 BCM (Business Contact Manager) 0
J Setting tabs in contacts / notes field Using Outlook 0
D Calendar Resources tabs are greyed out Using Outlook 1
E Email Formatting - Tabs Using Outlook 1
A Changing Tabs in Outlook 2010 Using Outlook 1
U TABS MISSING OR DUPLICATED - BCM 2007 on Vista laptop BCM (Business Contact Manager) 5
R How to add tabs to Outlook 2010? Using Outlook 5
J How To Change Default View of Tabs in Outlook 2010 Using Outlook 4
J How do I view the ruler in an Outlook message and/or insert tabs? Using Outlook 7
P VBA help window: Multiple windows/tabs, bookmarks, bookmarks/historypane Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 4
T Outlook Desk Top 2021 Overdoing Security Using Outlook 0
O Any 3rd party tool that sync (mirror) from Outlook Contacts to Google Contacts? Using Outlook 4
D Outlook 365 Outlook Message "Cannot be sent because the message has changed" Using Outlook 0
J Hotmail drafts started on desktop disappear, but show in web version of Outlook Using Outlook 0
Z Hotmail account deleted from outlook and issue with account not exist Using Outlook 0
J 'Name on the security certificate is invalid or...' - Outlook on desktop talking to hotmail.com account Using Outlook.com accounts in Outlook 5
J Outlook, Word, Access crash unless run in Admin mode - time dependent it seems Using Outlook 10
T Why do Outlook Desktop 2021 tasks from my wife's email show up in my task pane? Using Outlook 2
B Delete Read Receipts in Your Outlook Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 0
M Outlook changes the "Modified" field when moving/copying a Contact. Using Outlook 0
macdotcom Outlook 365 Outlook folder export to PST archival tool - close, but need a nudge Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 2
M Outlook 2016 still feature updating Using Outlook 0
e_a_g_l_e_p_i Question about Outlook 2021 and Gmail Using Outlook 9
J Outlook VBA to send from Non-default Account & Data Files Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 3
P Limited Support for 3rd Party Mail in new Outlook? Using Outlook 1
O Any 3rd party tool that sync (mirror) from Outlook Calendar to Google Calendar? Using Outlook 5
T Outlook is categorizing emails incorrectly Using Outlook 1
R Legacy Outlook on Mac Email Cache Using Outlook 0
A Outlook can't remember outlook.com, Exchange password. Using Outlook 6
S Related messages show in main Outlook window vice new Advanced Find windows Using Outlook 1
H Force Outlook 2019 with GMail 2-Step to Require Login? Using Outlook 0
V Setting up Outlook 2021 on new computer Using Outlook 2
G Add Map It button to Custom Contacts Form in Outlook Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 1
X Custom icon (not from Office 365) for a macro in Outlook Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 1
Victor_50 Problem - Google Workspace will stop "unsafe" access to Outlook end 2024 Using Outlook 3
C New pc, new outlook, is it possible to import auto-complete emailaddress Using Outlook 4
T Outlook 365 won't take new working password Using Outlook 0
S Create Outlook Task from Template and append Body with Email Body Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 4
P Can't add custom field to custom Outlook form, it always adds to the Folder instead Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 2
B Sync Outlook Public Folders to Contacts Using Outlook 2
D Delete Outlook emails from MS server Using Outlook 17
B Outlook tasks and PDF Using Outlook 4
D Outlook 2019 is no longer asking for password ... Using Outlook 5
Kika Melo How to mark as Junk any message not from Contacts (in Outlook.com) Using Outlook 3
L Outlook attachments from OneDrive as links Using Outlook 0
G Outlook 365 My iCloud Outlook doesn’t work after reinstalling Microsoft365 on Windows 10 PC – now I get error message on contacts and calendar Using Outlook 1

Similar threads

Back
Top