How to Create a New Message Using Stationery in Outlook

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Outlook lets you use stationery for your email messages.

More Colorful Emails

Many an email is best kept short and simple.

Email stationery can prepare your message for a holiday greeting or party invitation, bedazzle with colors and images or soothe with a quiet background and a gentle, flowing font.

If you have just installed all this wonderful stationery for Outlook, you are probably eager to use it for wonderful emails; maybe you are merely eager, of course, to learn what stationery comes pre-installed with Outlook.

Find out here how to do just this (and that, too) in Outlook.

Create a New Message Using Stationery in Outlook

To start a new email on stationery with Outlook:

  • Go to your main Outlook window.
  • Make sure Mail is open.
    • Click Mail at the bottom or press Ctrl-1.
  • Make sure the Home tab on the ribbon is selected and expanded.
  • Click New Items in the New category.
  • Hover the mouse pointer over the E-mail Message Using item in the menu that appears.
  • If the desired stationery appears in the list:
    • Select it.
  • If the stationery you want to use is not listed:
    • Select More Stationery.
    • Highlight the desired stationery under Choose a Theme.
    • Click OK.

Create a New Message Using Stationery in Outlook 2000-2003

To write a new message in Outlook 2000, 2002 and 2003 using stationery:

  • Go to your Outlook Inbox.
  • Select Actions > New Mail Message Using > More Stationery from the menu.
  • Select the desired stationery.
  • Click OK.

Outlook stationery does, alas, not work with Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010.