How to Switch Between Plain Text and HTML Message Compose

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A simple way to switch between plain text and HTML message compose (without changing the default) is to hold the shift button when you click the "New Message" or "Reply" toolbar button.  That will bring up the compose window the opposite style (plain or HTML) of the default.

You can permanently set the preference on a per account basis in Preferences | Options > Accounts > [your account] > Composition and set the checkbox for Compose messages in HTML format.

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