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Old 03-23-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
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Unhappy Where to go for Evolution Mail Help


Growing Pains of a Newbie

My Dell 1535 came with
Ubuntu 8.04
Kernal Linux 2.4.24-16
Gnome 2.22.1

And Evolution mail
2.22.1

I have changed as little as possible while getting used to things, so the above information is still correct.

My problem with evolution Mail is that numerous feature that I need when composing mail are "greyed out" and unavailable. Most notably the needed features are
-- Bold, Italic, or Underlined text
-- The insert features to insert
-- -- image
-- -- Link

So at present I can only type in the default font without bold italic or underline and any images have to go as attachments.

I have, so far, been unsuccessful at correcting this problem or finding information as to what the problem is.

Any assistance will be appreciated
 
Old 03-24-2009, 12:38 AM   #2
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Hi!
I don't use Evolution,but what you're sayin' sounds wierd to me...
You can go here to look for something helpful.
You can explain a little better what have you changed.I believe that problems can be solved by just pressing the right buttons in Evolution.
 
Old 03-24-2009, 05:25 AM   #3
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This is strange, I use Evolution mail and Ubuntu 8.04 myself and have never had this problem. Do these features work when you use the key press mode instead of clicking on the buttons? I am at work right now, but I will check my evolution settings etc when I get home if you have not solved the problem by then.
 
Old 03-24-2009, 06:34 AM   #4
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Quote:
My problem with evolution Mail is that numerous feature that I need when composing mail are "greyed out" and unavailable. Most notably the needed features are
-- Bold, Italic, or Underlined text
-- The insert features to insert
-- -- image
-- -- Link
You need to enable HTML
 
Old 03-24-2009, 02:56 PM   #5
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Yes Repo is correct. In the format pull down menu at the top make sure that there is a tick beside html. Otherwise all your email is sent as a plain, unformatted text file.
 
Old 03-24-2009, 07:51 PM   #6
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Smile It worked !

repo & kmacphail et al.

That was too easy (to do)
That solved the problem.

Perhaps someone could tell me if there was some way that I was supposed to know to do that or some way that I was supposed to find out how to do that without having to ask others for something that is so simple to do.

It is such a bummer that in Linux and its applications that documentation is so poor or horribly jargonized. Surely this is a major impediment to the growth of the Linux user base. I have hundreds of dollars worth of linux books, but have only made sense of a small fraction of what is in them. It seems that there is an excessive amount of bits and pieces that one has to amass before one reaches critical mass that allows one to intuit where the problems and their rectification will be found.


In any case folks, thank you so very much.

I guess that my next application to conquer will be WINE. (I hate MS's market manipulation and overall mindset but sometimes I have to work with their applications.)
 
Old 03-25-2009, 06:25 AM   #7
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That is one of the draw backs of open source software. As it is open then people are free to tweak it as much as they want. This makes putting together a manual very difficult as by the time it is tweaked a few times a day then by the end of the week your manual is out of date and also your time is wasted.

However that is why these forums are great as people can have as technical or simple problems and they are both adressed how many books would talk about both how to set up Evolution mail and also setting up the grub menu to boot between three different distros.

I think I can live with the forums rather than trawling through literature.

Enjoy your Linux experience, say goodbye to windoze.
 
  


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