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I've noticed that in Gmail some incoming emails do not word wrap. This is quite annoying as I have to navigate the cursor horizontally to read the message. Some people think that the sender's email client puts <pre> tags in the message.

However interesting, they don't say what could be done about it.

I'm running Firefox 12.0 on Kubuntu 11.10

Any ideas on how to wrap these emails?

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I've seen it occur whenever I put a large image into a message (via insert image lab) that extends the width of the text input field.

Additionally, we've seen the issue when a user adds a signature with an HTML formatted table or large logo.

Lastly see this Google Group on the Gmail Product Forum: Here you'll see the following response: "There isn't an option you can turn on or off. GMail wraps text to fit a message window by default. At the recipient end, it will wrap text to fit the recipient's window.

The exception is if you are composing mail in Plain text - while composing, GMail will wrap to the window. But when you send, and at the recipient end, text is split into lines of about 78 characters, the internet standard for plain text line length."

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When the word wrap problem is a result of a large image that extends the width of the text input field, a work-around is try forwarding the message to yourself but before hitting send, delete the image in the email trail that is causing the wrapping problem. This way you have a copy of the email without the wrapping issue. –  user29899 Dec 4 '12 at 16:28

The problem occurs when the sender has included an inline picture which is much too wide. In Chrome, scroll down to the bottom of the message (use the scroll bar on the far right side) and forward the message to yourself. Before sending, place the cursor inside the text and use the Down arrow until you can click on the picture and get the options "Display picture - Small - Medium - Large" and choose what looks appropriate. So you do not have to delete the picture. The forwarded mail will soon appear with the smaller picture and normal text wrap. If you want to save the picture full size, you might do that first by right-clicking before this operation.

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I also observed this problem with mail from "Windows Mail"—the mail is in HTML with a lot of inline <span style=".."> tags (the author likes to jazz up her mails with lots of "effects"…)

The only way I could read it was to copy-paste the content into Notepad (so it gets converted into plain text and then it wraps normally.

It would be useful if Gmail had a convert-to-plain-text function…

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