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I'd like to receive all my emails with content-type text/plain by default while using Gmail (no clients), by default Gmail uses content-type text/html.

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  • Please clarify what you mean by "receive as plain"? You want gmail.google to send your browser plain text when you ask to see a message body? If you actually mean "receive into my inbox only plain text", you unfortunately don't get to choose what some sender across an SMTP link sends.
    – msw
    Jul 20, 2010 at 23:46
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    @msw some messages are sent with multiple content types (multipart-messages). When a multipart-message is sent to gmail, the web interface choose the text/html over the text/plain body. I'd like to receive only the text/plain version if present.
    – jpemberthy
    Jul 21, 2010 at 14:17

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When you receive email in gmail, gmail honors the "text/html" body part if one is present. I do not think there is any way to disable this behavior if you are using gmail's web interface.

However, for mail that is "sent from gmail", this is easily do-able:

I checked my gmail, and it is sending mail with:

Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"

My Gmail "Settings --> General" has this enabled:

Outgoing message encoding: Use default text encoding for outgoing messages

And when I compose a message in gmail, I make sure I am using "plain text" for my email.

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  • Well, maybe a filter would do the trick; forward all the incoming email to self with content-type: text/plain and then removing the original message. (maybe tagging the original message with a new html label would work).
    – jpemberthy
    Jul 20, 2010 at 21:56
  • "maybe a filter would do the trick" -- if you are talking about using the native web-based gmail client, you cannot remove or modify email headers from a filter...
    – joyjit
    Jul 20, 2010 at 22:42
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    @joyjit, 10 years has passed. any update?
    – Pacerier
    Nov 16, 2018 at 14:21
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One option would be to use the mobile version of gmail, m.gmail.com.

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  • Thanks but It wouldn't work for me, I'd like to review the emails from the gmail's web interface.
    – jpemberthy
    Jul 20, 2010 at 21:52

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