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More OE Stationery Help

The other day, you wrote a tip on how we can use our own pictures to create new stationery choices in Outlook Express. I’ve been trying to do that for the last couple of days, but I’m not able to get it going right. Can you please give us a few more instructions on how to do this? Thank you!

I sure can! Yes, as you may remember, the other day (on Tuesday to be exact), I wrote a tip on adding your own pictures to your stationery choices in various e-mail programs. Well, ever since, I have been getting non-stop e-mails and phone calls from some of you who seem to be having trouble getting it to work in Outlook Express. And I figured instead of answering your questions individually, I’d just write a whole new tip about it. So, here’s to fixing your OE stationery blues!

In Outlook Express, go to Tools, Options and click on the Compose tab. From there, click on the Create New button located under the Stationery section. The Stationery Setup Wizard will then appear. Hit Next to get started. The first thing you’ll want to do is click the Browse button and find the picture you want to add. Once you find it, select it and click the Open button. That picture will then show up in the Preview box.

You’ll then want to adjust it so it will look the way you want it to in your actual e-mail. You can position it to the top, center or bottom and to the left, center or right. You can then either tile it vertically, horizontally, on the entire page or not at all. Then if you want to add some more color to your background, checkmark the color box and then choose the one you like the best.

Now, every time you make a change, it will show up in the Preview box, so you’ll know right away if you like it or not. And if you don’t, just keep experimenting until you find a combination you think your recipients will enjoy. I personally like to put my picture as a top border around my e-mail. It just gives the e-mail enough extra jazz, but it doesn’t overdo it. You can certainly do whatever you want, but that’s what I usually do.

When you’re all done with that, hit the Next button to continue. The next section deals with the font you’d like to use with your new stationery. This is the actual font that will show up as you type out the e-mail you’re going to send. Just use the drop down menus to choose your font style, the text size and if you want it to be in color or not. You can checkmark either bold or italic if you want as well. You can see what it will look like in the Preview box for this one too. When you’re all done, hit the Next button.

You can now choose your margins. Use the up and down arrows to set your margins for the left side and the top of your e-mail. Again, you can see the changes you’re making in the Preview box, so you’ll know if it looks appropriate or not. Click Next again when you’re finished with that. The last step is to choose a name for your new stationery creation. Just type in a name in the open box. I named mine “My Picture Stationery.” Click Finish when you’re done with that.

When you’re ready to send an e-mail with your new stationery included, hit the drop down arrow on the Create Mail button and choose Select Stationery. You can then find yours in the list. Select it and click OK. A new e-mail will then be created with your new stationery inserted. Doesn’t that look pretty?! And hey, if you don’t like it, you can always go back to the wizard and redo it. It’s not difficult at all. Here’s a small sample of what mine looks like:

I just used a picture of a flower I really like and some nice green colored font to match it. I’m going to use this to send a simple “Hello!” e-mail to some of my friends and family members I haven’t talked to in awhile. I hope they’ll like it, but I have a good feeling they will. Now that you’ve got yours done, who are you going to send an e-mail to? Or maybe you’re going to create some more stationery of your own. Either way, have fun with this one. It’s too good to pass up!

~ Erin