Help with writing mail please

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Staffie, May 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2013
    I'm a new macbook pro user and I have a problem when writing emails as
    I can't find a way to set any margins. My text is starting right at the edge on
    the right hand side and goes to the edge of the left side. I can see how to do
    justification but not how to control the width of the text on the page or to do auto wrap.
    Can anyone help please?
  2. macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    The formatting capabilities of email (all email, not Apple's Mail app) are quite limited. The original standard describes plain text only, and text formatting is usually achieved as a hidden file attachment in either RTF or HTML format (alongside the original plain text message).

    Mail clients usually have a setting to turn off formatting and display the message as the original plain text. So there's no guarantee that everyone will see the formatting that you spend time doing.

    However, email text should auto-wrap in Mail. If this is not happening, then there may be some actual problem.
  3. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2005
    U.S. west coast
    Menu choices Format -> Make Rich Text and Format -> Make Plain Text let you toggle back and forth between plain and rich text. Does the problem happen with both of them?

    When you are in Rich Text mode, check the choices for Format -> Alignment, Format -> Indentation, and Format -> Alignment -> Writing Direction.

    Does that solve it? If not, can you post a screenshot of the problem you see?
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    It sounds like he wants the column of text to
    Be narrower. There's no simple way to format email like a print document, that I know of. However for legibility while writing email messages, just make the compose window smaller.
  5. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    And however you see it when you compose it on the Mac is not necessarily how it's going to look when it is received on the other computers.

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