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Spice Up Hotmail

Friday, December 8th, 2006 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help
 
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Q:
Is there any way that I can “spice up” my Hotmail e-mails a little? They’re always so boring and I’d like to add a little jazz to them. Please help!

A:
This is the perfect question for any Hotmail user. Now, as we established above, we all like to send and receive e-mails, but sometimes they turn out so dull looking, don’t they? Sometimes mine are so boring, I’m embarrassed to send them off to my friends. I’m sure most of your friends feel the same way too. Well, worry no more, because today I’ve got something for you that’s going to change that forever!

Now, this tip is only for Hotmail users, but it’s good, because I know a lot of you use Hotmail. When we’re done, your Hotmail e-mails will be sitting in a whole new light. It’s time to fancy them up!

How would you like to change the boring old regular text that you always type your e-mails in to something a little more fun and exciting? It’s really easy to do, so let’s get started! First, log in to your Hotmail account and click on New Message, just like you would if you were composing a new e-mail. Next, you need to make sure you have the rich-text editor turned on. If you see a toolbar under the Subject line, yours is already on. If not, simply go to Tools and click Rich-Text Editor ON. That will bring up the before mentioned toolbar for you.

From there, click on Font Style. You will now see all of the font choices you can choose from to compose your message in. There’s only a few, but they surely will spice up your e-mails a little. You can choose from Arial, Verdana, Lucida Handwriting, Garamond and more. Just click the one you like and then start typing your e-mail. The new font style will come through and I’m guessing you’ll be very impressed with the change.

Well, lucky for all of us, that’s not all the rich-text editor can do! With it, you can change the size of your font and even change the color too. To change the size, click on the Font Size drop down menu. From there, you’ll have seven different sizes to choose from. If your recipients like to read the big fonts, choose size six or seven. You can even change the sizes for different parts of your e-mail. If one part needs to be emphasized more, choose a bigger font for that part, but go back to the normal size for the rest of it. It’s all up to you.

Now, to change the color of your font, click on the color menu (it’s an “A” with a red line underneath it). Once there, you’ll have the whole color spectrum to choose from. Choose from greens, yellows, blues, etc. Just click the color you want and continue typing. The whole e-mail will show up in color. Again, if you want to change the colors during certain parts of your e-mail, go and choose another color. It’s easy to go back and forth between them to make your e-mail just the way you want it. On top of all that, you can even choose a color to put in the background of your e-mail. Just click on the paint bucket icon and choose the color you want. It will then cover up the entire background of your e-mail for a very cool look.

I’m not done yet! There are several other things you can do with this toolbar. For example, you can add bullet points, decrease or increase the indent space, add a divider line and insert links. You can make certain words or phrases bold, italicized or even underline them. You also have the choice of putting your text to the left of the margin, to the right or in the center. Cool, huh?!

Now, we’ve come to my favorite part. One more thing that you can do with the rich-text editor is add emoticons to your e-mails. Just click on the yellow smiley face icon and insert them at your pleasure. There’s several to choose from, including a cup of coffee, a present, a heart, a rose, a telephone and a camera, among others. Then, along with all those, you can choose from the regular smiley faces. Add a happy face, a sad face, a silly face or a face with sunglasses. Depending on how you’re feeling, there’s an emoticon for it all!

Here’s an example of an e-mail I created:

So, go ahead and take some time to look through all the options you have with this Hotmail toolbar and create an e-mail like you’ve only thought was possible in your dreams. But, most importantly, have fun!

~ Erin

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