How to Enable Formatting & Attachment in Notes

Are you looking for the ways to access Appointments, Contacts and Calendar in Outlook Notes? Here are the instructions to activate the feature.

When in MS Outlook, the formatting and attachment are in the disabled state, format text tab and Insert button are not visible. It restricts users to add Images, Rich Text, and other Attachments. Users find the “Attach File” button in workable condition but they are not working actually. The problem is faced usually when users use Hotmail or account by Exchange ActiveSync protocol in MS Outlook 2013. To resolve the problem, it is necessary to active Formatting and Attachments in Notes.

As per the abovementioned problem, the addition of Rich Formatted Text in the Notes section of Calendars, Contacts, and Appointments are not supported. But the problem is not the constraint. The prime reason for it is that doesn’t support Rich Text formatting. It supports plain text format and attachments cannot be synchronized. This is the reason they don’t display in the Notes section. Discover the image where Format TXT is disabled.


Outlook Hotmail Connector & by EAS

Outlook Hotmail Connector is supported by older versions of Outlook including 2007 and 2010.  EAS is supported by new versions of MS Outlook including 2013.

In the older version of Outlook, synchronization is achieved with the help of Outlook Hotmail Connector. In the latest versions of Outlook, EAS protocol is the best way to synchronize with or Hotmail accounts.

With Outlook Hotmail Connector, Rich text formatting is added to the Notes. All attachments are attached successfully and can be displayed in the Notes section.  But there is a problem that Attachments and Formatting in the Notes Section cannot be synced back. Looking at the problem Outlook 2013 has disabled its ‘Format TXT’ feature and many other features of Insert tab.

Rich Text Formatting

Since there is no direct way to make Rich Text Formatting to function in EAS mailboxes, below are some substitutes to follow.

Use Exchange Mailbox

Instead of using, using Exchange Online of Office 365 can be beneficial. It doesn’t restrict formatting and syncs everything saved in the mailbox. The downside of office 365 is that it is not free. It is not costly. It offers the advantage of storage of 50 Giga Bytes per mailbox.

Use PST File

We all know that Outlook uses PST to store its data. The restriction you will face is that the items are saved in an EAS mailbox, not in PST format. The drawback is that these items will not sync with web-based client. So, the practice could be useless.

Use OneNote Linked Notes’ Add-in-

The add-in feature in Outlook 2013 can solve the problem. The drawback of the method is that the created links can break the items while the configuration of the account.

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