How to Use Rich HTML in Your Outlook Express Signature

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How to Create a Rich HTML Signature in Outlook Express

Create the signature's HTML code in your
Create the signature's HTML code in your favorite text editor. Heinz Tschabitscher

Outlook Express was discontinued in 2001, but you may still have it installed on older Windows systems. It was replaced by Windows Mail and Apple Mail.

If you are looking for instructions for Outlook rather than Outlook Express, here is how to create an email signature in Outlook.

The steps below apply to the Outlook Express email client that was installed on older systems but was discontinued in 2001.

Create the Signature's HTML Code in Your Favorite Text Editor

  • Create the signature's HTML code in your favorite text editor.
    • Make sure you use only the code you would also use inside the <body> of an HTML document.
    • See the steps six to nine below for an easy way to generate the HTML.
  • Save it to a .html file in your My Documents folder.

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Select "Tools | Options..." From the Menu in Outlook Express

Select
Select "Tools | Options..." from the menu in Outlook Express. Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Select Tools | Options... from the menu in Outlook Express.

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Go to the "Signatures" Tab

Go to the
Go to the "Signatures" tab. Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Go to the Signatures tab.
  • Highlight the desired signature.

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Make Sure "File" Is Selected Under "Edit Signature"

Make sure
Make sure "File" is selected under "Edit Signature". Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Make sure File is selected under Edit Signature.
  • Use the Browse... button to select the signature HTML file you have just created.
  • Click OK.

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Test Your New Signature

Test your new signature
Test your new signature. Heinz Tschabitscher

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Create a New Message in Outlook Express

Create a new message in Outlook Express
Create a new message in Outlook Express. Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Create a new message in Outlook Express.
  • Type and design your signature using the formatting tools.

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Go to the "Source" Tab

Go to the
Go to the "Source" tab. Heinz Tschabitscher

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Select the Content Between <body> and </body>

Select the content between <body> and </body>
Select the content between <body> and </body>. Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Select the content between <body> and </body>.
  • Press Ctrl-C.

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Create a New File in Your Favorite Text Editor

Create a new file in your favorite text editor
Create a new file in your favorite text editor. Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Create a new file in your favorite text editor.
  • Press Ctrl-V.
  • Continue as above.