Using the Options -> Preferences -> Viewer/Editor menu, you can specify the settings of the Message Editor and Viewer.
To view plain text messages you can use either the Plain Text Viewer (fast, no graphical smileys) or the Rich Text/HTML Viewer (slower, with smileys).
To view HTML messages or messages with alternative layout (Text and HTML) you can use:
When you use HTML and Plain Text or Plain Text and HTML you can switch between two tabs to view the message: the Text tab displays only the text part of the message.
- HTML only
- HTML and Plain Text version
- Plain Text version and HTML
- Plain Text version only
Using this menu, you can set the default editor for text: this can be one of the text editors – MicroEd or Windows – or HTML Editor.
The HTML editor is used by default when you reply to HTML messages. If you want to use the Plain Text Editor when replying to HTML, enable the "Reply to HTML in plain text" option.
Using the Options -> Preferences -> Viewer/Editor -> Editor preferences menu, you can configure the Plain Text and HTML editors.
General (common for all editors)
If you use the full name for quotation prefixes, then you can limit this name by configuring the Quote name limit. This can be useful if the correspondents have longer names.
If you enable the "Smart Wrapping of quoted text" option, quotations will wrap according to the specified setting.
Auto-save every … sec - You can specify the time interval, after which messages will be saved as drafts. If you set 0 seconds, automatic saving will be disabled. This option can be useful when the computer is unexpectedly turned off.
If you enable the "Free caret positioning" option, you will be able to place the cursor wherever you want and start typing.
If you enable "Auto-wrap", every line reaching the defined right margin gets wrapped automatically.
If the "Auto-format" option is enabled, any change you make to the already entered text will reformat the paragraph. If you, for example, add an extra space it will be removed. If you intend to use it, remember that paragraphs in MicroEd are separated by empty lines meaning that you will need to press the Enter key twice to start a new paragraph.
To justify lines when the text wraps, enable "Justify on wrap".
If the "‘Smart’ tabs" option is active, the cursor will move to the beginning of the next word of the previous line when you press the Tab key.
The "Auto Indent" option positions the cursor under the first non-blank character of the preceding non-blank line when you press Enter.
If the "Backspace unindents" option is active, any indentation will be deleted when you press Backspace.
To "preserve trailing spaces", enable the respective option. If the option is not enabled, any trailing spaces will be deleted once you start a new line.
If the "Find text at caret position" option is active, the program will use the word at which the cursor is placed as the search condition.
If both options "Auto-format" and "Double space between sentences" are active, two spaces will be inserted between the sentences separated by a period.
"Wrap text at … characters" - Specify the maximum number of characters that a line should contain - each line reaching the defined right margin gets wrapped automatically.
If you want to automatically wrap text in the Windows Editor as well, enable the "Wrap text in “Plain text (Windows)” editor" option.
If you use "persistent selection", the selection is saved even if the cursor is moved or another text part is edited. If the "Overwrite selection" option is active, the standard Windows mode will be used – if you select a text block and enter text, the selected fragment will be overwritten. If this option is not enabled, the selected fragment will not be deleted when you enter text.
If you select "Block insert caret", the caret will be displayed as a blinking rectangle.
If "BRIEF caret shapes" is selected, the cursor is a blinking underscore.
Using the Options -> Preferences -> Viewer/Editor -> Message Headers menu you can add message headers or change the settings of the existing headers.
To use your own header in the templates, message editor and viewer, you should first of all add this new header. RFC recommends using the name for new headers starting with "X-".
The following columns are displayed in the Message Headers table:
You can Add, Edit and Delete message headers.
- Display as – This name is displayed when you view or edit the message in the Editor
- RFC Name – This name is used in the message source
- Address list – If the header may contain addresses, the value is set to Yes
- Editor – If the header is available in the message editor, the value is Yes
- Scroll – If the scrolling is available for this header, the value is Yes
Note: Mandatory RFC-headers cannot be deleted.
Use the "Move up" and "Move down" buttons to change the order of the message headers.
When you create or edit a header, the following window appears:
The fields in the General section correspond to the columns in the message headers table.
If you enable the "This field is an address list" option, the contents of the Editing section will change.
If the "Allow to edit this field in the Message Editor" option is selected, you will see the following options:
Enable "Track history of this field" to make the program remember the data you entered into this field. You can then select "while-you-type actions":
If this field is an address list, you will see the following options in the Editing section:
- Complete automatically – If the data is saved in the history, the program will automatically complete the field once you enter the first letters (works for the “Subject” field)
- Display suggestion list – Once you enter the first letters of the word, the program will show a suggestion list to complete the field.
For example, you can enable "Display list of suggestions" from and select one of the options:
If you select "History + All Address Books", the suggestion list will show both address book entries and addresses from the history that contain the letters you entered.
- Input History
- Default Address Book only
- All Address Books
- History + Default Address Book
- History + All Address Books
In the Header Layout section, you can change the layout of the header panel.
Select an item of the header that will be changed. This can be field name text or background, field value text or background, selected field text or background, hot link text, field separator, field name gradient or field value gradient.
In the Color section select the color for the item. In the Sample header field select either Viewer or Editor to preview the result.
You can also change the font used for headers in the Viewer and in the Editor.
In the Viewer/Editor Profiles section you can manage profiles in the Editor and Viewer – you can add, edit, copy or delete them. Profiles can be applied when you view, edit or print messages.
Click "Add" to create a new Profile. A new window will appear where you can select character sets – this profile will be applied for all text messages with these character sets. To edit a profile, access the Options -> Preferences -> Viewer/Editor -> Profile Layout menu.
In this section you can edit the default profile as well as all the other profiles you created in the Viewer/ Editor Profiles section. Select the needed profile from the dropdown menu. If you need to create a new profile, click the "New" button.
Select a text item that will be edited – it can be regular text, background, quoted text (odd or even), quotation prefix (odd or even), hyperlinks, RFC 822 headers, fixed width text, signature text, search text and search background.
You can change the size, font and color of the selected item. In the preview area you will see the result.
In this section you can choose the HTML Viewer – The Bat! HTML Viewer or Windows OS HTML Viewer. The Bat! HTML viewer does not depend on the system’s default viewer or on Microsoft Internet Explorer. It ignores scripts and executable code preventing viruses from launching. If you select Windows OS HTML Viewer, security is provided by your computer’s security system and Internet Explorer.
Enable the "Use smiley icons in HTML viewer" option to display smileys in HTML messages.
You can also configure the download of embedded images from external sites choosing one of the options – never, always or reject unknown. To specify these settings click Configure – The Image Download Manager window will open.
You can control external images download according to The Bat! rules or leave it under Internet Explorer control.
In the Source Viewer section you can select the color and the font of the message source text. In the upper part of the window you will see the preview. Select an item you would like to change and click "Change" to select its font and color.