I hate to revive this old thread, but I ran into this problem too. I'm using Outlook for Mac 2011 and when I copy from Excel for Mac 2011 into Outlook, I never get the gridlines (unless I use the picture method mentioned above). However, when I copy from
Excel (part of Office Pro Plus 2010) inside a Windows 7 Virtual Machine the gridlines paste just fine into Outlook for Mac 2011 natively (without converting to a picture).
So it seems this is more of an Excel for Mac problem, rather than an email client. This really is horrible. I'm a long time windows user, and this feature was extremely handy. Not sure why such a handy feature would be lost when moving to the Mac version
of Excel. It seems I have to run more and more things inside a Windows Virtual Machine.
I don't mean to contradict my friend Bob G. :-) but if you're pasting the content as editable data I don't believe the gridlines will appear in an email message regardless of what email program you're using, HTML or not... At least I've never seen it
done in Apple Mail, Entourage or Outlook for Mac. Email simply is not capable of supporting gridline content.
If your email app supports it you can use Edit> Paste Special> As Picture (or equivalent). The gridlines can be included if you have
Gridlines checked in
Page Setup when you copy the Excel content.
Alternatively, in Excel you can hold Shift while you open the
Edit menu, select Copy Picture & choose the
As shown on screen option in the little dialog that pops up on screen.
Both of the last 2 options, however, result in a
picture of the data rather than the data, itself.
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Regards, Bob J.
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