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Let's start by opening a new mail
and since we are going to be working
with HTML source, let's make sure we have our source edit on by going to
View, then click on the Source Edit
After you do this, you should have three tabs at the bottom of your email....
Edit is where we create main section of our email, the part we always see even before we clicked the Source Edit on.
Source is where you will find all the HTML coding that makes up your email message.
Preview will show you what it looks like and how it all works together.
Now let's start to actually make our sig tag....
With your email open and completely
blank to start with, choose your font you want to use, color, size......
Now type you name on your email.
Highlight your name, and click on insert hyperlink button
This will bring up a new box
For a email address you want to
choose the mailto: tag. After you choose that tag you want to type
in your email address just like below
Now.... let's add a graphic under our name
Place your cursor where you want
the graphic to appear under your name tag that you have created so far.
Then click the insert picture box.
I will suggest that you store all graphics that you want to use in your
sig tag or in stationery at
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery
This works best because your Outlook Express Email Browser is programed to look there for graphics first.
When you click on the insert picture
button, you will get this next box
click the browse button, find the graphic you would like to use, and then click the OK button.
The body of your email in still
in the Edit tab, should look something like this now
Have a webpage you want everyone
to find, you can add a link to that webpage to your graphic. Start
by clicking on the graphic and then clicking the insert hyperlink button
You will once again get the box
asking you what type of URL you want
For a link to a webpage address,
you want to choose the http: tag
and then just type in your webpage address, and click ok.
Now at this point you could click
on the Preview tab. You will see in Preview that if you now click
on your name (where you created your mailto: tag) that it will bring up
and email addressed to you. If you click on the graphic, it should
take you to the webpage that you assigned to it.
Now that we created this all.....
how do we save it?
From the Source tab!
Click on your source tab, and
you will find something similar to this
written into this source code
you will find an tag and a tag..
What is between these two tags
is what we want to save. Start at one tag and click, dragging your
mouse, to highlight everything until the end of the other tag
once you have EVERYTHING from the tag to the tag highlighted, click edit, then copy.
Now we need to open our notepad program, and then paste all that you copied into your notepad.
Once you have it pasted into notepad,
click file, then save as (important to use save as and not save, as save
will automatically save it as a text file, and we want to save it as a
In the save as box, you want to
type in your name for your sigtag and be sure to put .html at the end of
it, this will make notepad save it as a html file instead of a text file
(don't forget the . )
and then save it where you can
Now to use your new sig tag, in
Outlook express, click on "tools" then on "Options" once
in options box click on the tab that says "signatures" click
on new, and then instead of text, click the one that says file..... browse
to where you saved the html file that you just created and select
Let me know how you do!!!