Formatting messages in Outlook Web App
You can use the text formatting tools in Outlook Web App to add emphasis to your messages. For example, you can make a word bold or italic, create a link to a webpage, or even insert a table.
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You can customize the formatting in any message that you’re writing.
Highlight where you want to change the format.
Select the options you want.
You can select the same options again to remove the formatting.
Embed a link to a webpage
Do you want to add a link to a webpage, but have it be part of the message, not a separate web address? Here’s how.
Highlight the word you want to turn into a link.
Select the Insert link icon .
Enter the URL address that you want to use and then select OK.
The word you selected earlier becomes a hyperlink that the reader can select to go directly to the webpage you want.
Copy content from a webpage
Sometimes, you want to share an excerpt from a webpage, but that doesn’t always work quite the way you want. Maybe you get more content than you want, maybe you get less. Outlook Web App has paste tools to help.
Select and copy the content you want to add to your message.
Go to your message, or create a new message, and paste. You’ll see a paste control icon in your message.
If you don’t like the way the content looks in your message, select the Paste control icon to see the paste options.
Paste as-is keeps all of the original formatting and images.
Paste HTML simplifies the selection slightly by removing font colors and sizes, but will keep the layout and images.
Paste text removes all of the formatting and images and leave only the text.
Add alternative text to an image
You can add alternative text, sometimes called alt text, to a picture. Alt text is useful when reading on low speed connections and when using a screen reader.
Start by embedding a picture in your message.
To add a picture to an email message, go to the top of the message window and select Insert > Picture.
Browse to find the picture you want to insert.
Select the picture you want to insert, and then select Open to embed it in your message.
Now add alt text to the picture.
Select the picture, then select the Add alt text icon from the formatting toolbar.
Enter the text you want to associate with the image, then select OK.
You won’t see the text on your screen, but you can check it by repeating the steps to add alt text. If the person who receives the message is using a screen reader, the screen reader reads the alt text when it reaches the image.
Insert a table
Tables can be a useful way to organize information. You can quickly add a table in Outlook Web App.
Place the cursor where you want to add a table.
Select the Insert table icon , and then select the number of rows and columns that you want. You can select the square that matches what you want, or select Insert table.
In Insert table, enter the number of columns and rows that you want, then select OK.
Once you’ve created your table, you can select any cell and enter the information you want. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move from cell to cell, or use your mouse to select the cell you want.
When you’re entering information in the table, you’ll see a mini-menu of tools that you can use with the table.
What else do I need to know?
Most of the time, you probably won’t be able to see all of the format options available. To see them, just select the chevron at the end of the formatting toolbar. If you’re not sure what some of the formatting icons will do, you can point to any of them to see a short description.
When you paste a web address, also called a URL, into a message, Outlook Web App automatically adds a preview of the page. Select Remove preview at the bottom of the image to remove it.
What if I want to know more?
See Mail overview for more information about working with messages in Outlook Web App.