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Importing message content from HTML, Word, RTF, OpenOffice, or Text documents

If you have authored the contents of your email in another program, then odds are Direct Mail can import it. Direct Mail can import the following file types:

  • HTML
  • Plain Text
  • RTF
  • RTFD
  • Apple Mail Stationery
  • Microsoft Word
  • WordML
  • OpenDocument

Here's how to import the contents of a file as the body of your message:

  1. Go to the Messages tab.
  2. Select the message you want to import into (or create a new one).
  3. Choose Message > Import from File from the menu bar.
  4. Select the file you want to import and click Open

There are some important caveats you should be aware of. HTML email only supports a small subset of what works on the web. Here are some things that won't work in your email:

  • JavaScript
  • Video
  • Plugins
  • Java
  • Most CSS3 styling effects

Use the Preview window to see what your message will look like when it is sent. Choose Message > Preview Message from the menu bar.

Special Instructions for Mac App Store Users

If your copy of Direct Mail was downloaded from the Mac App Store and you are trying to import an HTML document from your Mac, there is an extra step to be aware of. After you select the HTML file that you want to import, but before you click Open, you'll need to hold down the command key on your keyboard and also select the folder that contains the HTML file you are importing. This extra step instructs macOS to grant Direct Mail access to any images that are contained in that folder that might be referenced by the HTML document you are importing.

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