Go to Mail / Preferences / Fonts and Colors and try changing the settings there.
Also, Mail / Preferences / Composing, and try changing stuff there.
Sorry I cannot be more helpful right now, my Macbook running OS 10.7 is not available at the moment for me to verify stuff.
In general however, you can change the Preferences in Mail and Pages, and see what works for you.
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As you discovered, the boxes are delete-able entries in the web page when you are sending the web page in Mail.
So, it is likely that you're viewing a webpage from Safari that you've subsequently opened to send in Mail, using the sequence File, Mail Contents of This Page.
There are several alternatives.
1. Print the webpage to a pdf file from Safari with File, Print, and either:
A) (simplest) Select pdf, Mail pdf; or
B) (one step more complicated, but same end result) Select pdf, Save as pdf, and then Attach the saved pdf to your email.
2. Leave all the 'boxes' on the page as-is without any edits and simply hit 'Send'
3. Highlight and copy the text (from the original webpage open in Safari) into the TextEdit.app and delete the parts you don't want, saving the result as an .rtf (Rich Text Format) or .rtfd (Rich Text Format with Attachments, if applicable), and again re-attaching the saved RTF or RTFD to the email.
4. Copy as in #3 and paste into Pages or Mac Word if you need more formatting options than TextEdit provides...
Message was edited by: kostby
I like to clean up everything, so I always copy and paste material from the internet into
an email. I thought it was happening with original text, perhaps not. It would explain why
it occurs in pages too when I copy and paste into pages.
I am somewhat new to Apple and need to play with this a bit but I suspect the answer is in here.
I thought it was doing it with original text that I had typed into an email, but perhaps not.
I'm not sure how to use text edit, or even how to find it but I will look into that and write back if I have
Thanks very much kostby for your help.
I edited the prior post a few times, perhaps after you read my first thoughts, so you might want to reload the thread.
TextEdit.app is located in the Applications folder. I use it often and have it in my Dock.
I tried copying a web page into my Pages '09 v 4.1 app and did not encounter the black X boxes.
Since you're new to Pages, one thing you might want to know about is that Inspector, Link Inspector (2nd from right) Hyperlink allows you to enable/disable all hyperlinks (web links are usually underlined and appear in blue) for ease of editing, so if you click on a link while trying to edit, it won't automatically try to open it in Safari again.
One more solution if you do LOTS of re-editing this way and need the ability strip out everything except the text is a paid app called ApiMac Clean Text. Details here: http://www.apimac.com/mac/cleantext/
I used to do some programming, and a versatile text editor was an essential part of my 'toolkit'.
TextEdit.app should already be installed in your Applications folder on your internal drive, probably called Macintosh HD. You should be able to locate it using Finder. Open the Applications Folder.
TextEdit.app is included free in OS X versions up through 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, at least. The date and file size shown above in Finder are for the version included with OS X 10.6.8.
I haven't used OS X 10.7 Lion or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, so I'm not POSITIVE it's still there, but a quick Google search indicated that it is.