Re: Finding text in an email


I doubt that modern e-mail programs are very susceptible to the kinds of attacks that might be tried when reading messages as HTML.  That is, if using the default settings which block external content.  And Thunderbird has simple HTML which only shows the text of a message using the HTML used to format the text but not running anything else.  Others may have more technical knowledge on the topic and may agree and disagree but it is my understanding that e-mail programs are well protected these days.  Also, I suspect that HTML e-mail attacks are seldom used these days because e-mail programs are quite secure and because you can get so much better results with phishing campaigns.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 01, 2020 2:42 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Finding text in an email

Martin and Jan,

I find that the read all command will work in a message that is in HTML
format. You do have to wait for the cursor to pass beyond the image to start
speaking. This is, of course, an awful nuisance if you are trying to get
through emails as fast as possible!

Anyway, you can easily change your Outlook options to view all emails in
Plain text as follows:
1. select "File" > "Options".
2. Select "Mail" in the left pane.
3. In the "Compose messages" section, change the "Compose messages in this
format:" to "Plain Text".

All the best,


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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Antony Stone
Sent: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Finding text in an email

My recommendation is to turn off HTML mode.

That not only disables pointless graphics, but also avoids quite a number of
malware and phishing attempts.

I can't tell you how to do this in Outlook 2019 specifically (maybe someone
else here can), but it might give you a good pointer for what to look for in
the menus.

PS: On this topic, *please* can people on this list avoid sending HTML-only
(rather than either text-only or mixed text+HTML) emails?  Plenty of people
disable HTML emails by default, and especially on this list, I don't see any
good reason for sending such emails.  Thanks in advance :)


On Wednesday 01 January 2020 at 20:39:09, Janet Brandly wrote:

> Hello all,
> Many emails I get contain logos and other types of graphics. I'm using
> Outlook 2019. Is there an NVDA key command to bypass the graphics and
> navigate directly to the text? The "read all" command does not work
> reliably.
> Thanks,
> Jan

If you can't find an Open Source solution for it, then it isn't a real

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