We’ve all ran into this problem. What problem, you ask? Well, this is how it goes. You receive a forwarded e-mail (one that was probably forwarded many times before it ever made its way to you) and it never fails; there’s always tons of those little carets (>>>) infesting the e-mail. Yuck!
Well, there’s no way to manually eliminate all of those carets (unless you backspace them all) without downloading a program to do it for you, but there is something you can do to prevent more of the carets from showing up. In Outlook Express, go to Tools, Options and click on the Send tab. In there, look for the Plain Text Settings button and click on that. Next, make sure the box that says “Indent the original text with (carets) when replying or forwarding” is unchecked. This will stop any additional carets from getting into the e-mail.
Now, if you’re interested in downloading a program to clean these annoying little arrows up, check out this tip. It’s a very simple program called The Cleaner that will make every e-mail just like new every time!