Composing emails in Normal mode or Plain text mode

ProtonMail allows you to write your emails in Normal mode and Plain text mode. Normal mode refers to regular text that you can apply formatting options to, such as bold and italics, whereas HTML mode refers to plain text without any formatting options.  

This article will show you how to set the default mode in your composer and switch between the two.

Setting a default composer mode 

1. Go to Settings at the top right and click on Go to settings.

Go to settings

2. Select Appearance in the left sidebar. Under the Other section, you can switch between Normal mode and Plain text mode by clicking on the dropdown menu in the Composer mode setting. Your default mode should now be updated. 

Composer mode

Switching between the two modes in your composer

1. You can also switch between Normal mode and Plain text mode (or vice versa) while writing an email. Click on the arrow button at the top right of your composer to change your setting.

Switching modes in composer

Right to left mode

If you want to write an email in a right-to-left language, you can activate this feature in your composer. You can only use this mode when a right-to-left language is installed and enabled in your operating system. Note that the Right to Left mode cannot be enabled when you are writing an email in Plain text mode. 

1. Open your email composer. Click on the arrow button at the top right and select Right to Left.

Right to left mode

Setting a default composer text direction 

You can also set a default composer text direction in your ProtonMail account.

1. Go to Settings at the top right and click on Go to settings.

Go to settings

2. Select Appearance in the left sidebar. Under the Other section, activate the Right to Left feature in the dropdown menu of the Composer text direction setting. You can now write emails in a right-to-left language.