View Plain Text E-mail by Default in Mail

When activated this tweak causes Mail to show the plain-text version of an e-mail as the default, in-place of the HTML version.


To implement this tweak:

  1. Start a new Terminal session (in Finder click Applications > Utilities > Terminal).

  2. To enable this setting, type (or copy and paste) the following command:

    defaults write com.apple.mail PreferPlainText -boolean true
  3. To reset this setting to the default value, type (or copy and paste) the following command:

    defaults delete com.apple.mail PreferPlainText
  4. To activate this tweak please close all instances of Mail, or wait until the next reboot.

  5. Close the Terminal session by typing exit at the prompt.

Disclaimer: Making any changes to your system can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from these modifications can be resolved. Please follow the instructions carefully and use the information provided at your own risk.