How To Use StripMail

In the future, when you want to forward an e-mail that has all those ">" signs at the left side of the page, you can use a new free utility to get rid of them all at once. Download the 265 kb program from:

After downloading the file, open File Manager (Windows Explorer), go to My Download Files (or the folder you downloaded it to), right click on Stripmail. exe, and click on Scan with Norton Antivirus. Never, never, never activate a downloaded file without scanning it first. Since you don't want to keep this EXE file in your My Download Files folder, right click on the file and click Cut. Then right click on the Program Files folder (in the left pane) and click Paste. This moves the executable to the new folder without making a shortcut. To find it again, click on Program Files folder in the left pane and scroll down in the right pane to the bottom where it now resides. Now right click on Stripmail.exe and click on Create Shortcut. A new icon with an arrow will show up below it with a 1 kb file size. Click on this shortcut holding down the button and drag it on to your Quick Launch Bar (beside your Start Button at the bottom of the screen) and release it. You may have to adjust the width of this bar to accommodate the new icon by dragging the vertical bar to the right when your cursor looks like this <-->. This makes it easy to access this program very quickly.

The instructions on how to use this program aren't that clear for new users, but I found it was easier by using these steps:

When reading the e-mail you want to forward to somebody, click, hold and drag the cursor over all the text you want to send. Make a copy of this highlighted area by hitting Ctrl C (or clicking on Edit - Copy). Now open the program by clicking on the new icon once. A new window will pop up, so click on the Paste button at the top. You should now see the text you copied instead of the instructions. Click the Do It All button. This button will strip off all those annoying ">" signs, reformat all the paragraphs, make a new, clean copy of the text to the clipboard, and minimize itself to the bottom of the screen.

Now back at your e-mailer you can create a new message addressed to the people you want with your own Subject. When your cursor is blinking in the main body of the letter, hit Ctrl V (or Edit - Paste) and viola - the message is all cleaned up and doesn't contain all those previous senders and receivers you normally see at the top of a forwarded message.