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Chapter 12. Expert E-mail Management > Using Word as an E-mail Editor

Using Word as an E-mail Editor

By default, Outlook 2003 uses Word as the default editor for composing new messages and reading messages received in Rich Text Format. When this option was introduced in Outlook 97, it was known as WordMail, and Office veterans remember its unfortunate tendency to slow down your system and cause data-destroying crashes. In Outlook 2000, the integration between Word and Outlook was much improved, but still far from perfect. In Outlook 2003, Microsoft has ironed out enough of the kinks in integration between Outlook and Word for most people to seriously consider using Word in place of Outlook's built-in message editor.

If you configure Outlook to use Word as its default editor, you have to deal with the following tradeoffs:


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