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Using A Word Processor To Get Rid Of Forward Brackets

Monday, November 22nd, 2004 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Charles from MA asks:

How do I get rid of all those symbols that appear in forwarded emails?

Do you ever get an e-mail forwarded to you which has all those annoying >> marks in front of each line? There’s an easy way to eliminate these marks when you copy the message to a word processor such as Microsoft’s WordPad (which comes with all Windows versions). Following is a partial e-mail message which was forwarded to me:

> >Jake, the rancher, went one day to fix a distant fence.
> >The wind was cold and gusty and the clouds rolled gray and dense.

> >
> >

> >As he pounded the last staples in and gathered tools to go,

> >The temperature had fallen, the wind and snow began to blow.

> >

> >When he finally reached his pickup, he felt a heavy heart.

> > >From the sound of that ignition, he knew it wouldn’t start.

> >

Copy this mess into WordPad (Found under the Start button, Program Files, Accessories) and press the Ctrl+H keys on your keyboard to bring up the Replace box.

In the Find What box, put > (found on the period key) and leave the Replace with box empty.

Then select Replace All.

All the “>>” marks will be gone! Hit Cancel to close the Replace box and continue editing the document.

~ Jim Christoffersen

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