How to configure e-mail clients to send UTF-8 text

Introduction

Many mail clients are configured to send only ASCII (English only) text. Here is how to configure some popular mail clients to use the international standard UTF-8 encoding.

Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird is available for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh computers. These screenshots were made on Linux. Other systems may vary slightly, but should still be similar.

In short:

  • Edit
  • Preferences
  • Display
  • Formatting
  • Fonts
  • Character Encodings
  • Outgoing Mail
  • Unicode (UTF-8)

In pictures:

  • Edit, Preferences
  • Display, Formatting, Fonts
  • Character Encodings, Outgoing Mail, Unicode (UTF-8)

Outlook 2003

Microsoft has two email clients for Windows: Outlook and Outlook Express. This guide is for Outlook 2003. I can only assume that other versions of Outlook, and Outlook Express, might be similar.

In short:

  • Tools
  • Options
  • Mail Format
  • International Options
  • Preferred encoding for outgoing messages
  • Unicode (UTF-8)

In pictures:

  • Tools, Options
  • Mail Format, International Options
  • Preferred encoding for outgoing messages, Unicode (UTF-8)

Date Published: 2008-07-15



 


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