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Creating a manual signature in Outlook Express

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by zantelover, Nov 30, 2009.

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  1. zantelover

    zantelover Thread Starter

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    This is driving me nuts !

    I used an internet tutorial a few weeks ago to help me create a manual signature to my emails. No problem !
    I now wanted to add my telephone number. So , I modifed my word file , then saved it , then overwrote the .htm file that I had created the opther week.

    I then went into Outlook Express deleted the previous signature details and started again (an overkill maybe , but I thought maybe you can't be too careful).
    I then tested it and got the error message "Warning : your signature file is too large. It has been truncated. Please make the file smaller."
    Now I cannot get ANY signature no matter how I try !

    Anyone got any bright ideas ?:confused::confused::mad:
     
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  3. Phantom010

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    What is your version of Outlook Express? It shouldn't be happening in OE 6.
     
  4. VistaRookie

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    Do you have an image file in your signature?
    Or is it all text?
     
  5. zantelover

    zantelover Thread Starter

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    I have OE6 , I do not have any picture files in the signature and when I took out the telephone number to put the signature back to where it was , it STILL didn't work !!:mad:
     
  6. VistaRookie

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    My guess would be that it did not save as an .HTM file?

    Signature with HTML file but no logo.

    1) Open up a new email. Type the text you want in your
    signature. Choose color/font/size.

    2) There should be 3 buttons at the very bottom of the
    email. Click Source. You are now looking at the HTML
    source code that you need. Alternately you can use
    CTRL F2.

    3) Open Notepad (Start->Programs->Accessories)

    4) Copy the relevant code from the email into Notepad.
    That will include everything between these two lines of code:
    <BODY bgColor=#ffffff> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xx
    </BODY></HTML>

    For my example below, it means I have chosen Verdana,
    Bold, Green for the text.

    <DIV><STRONG><FONT face=Verdana color=#008000 size=2>
    VistaRookie, owner</FONT></STRONG>

    It is going to say VistaRookie, owner.

    5) Save that code in Notepad as Signature.HTM.
    Save the HTM file to a folder of your choice but you
    will need to remember the path. Check the file when
    you save it because Notepad will want to make it a
    .TXT file.

    6) Open Outlook Express->Tools->Options->Signatures Tab.
    Go down to where it says Signatures, click New. You can
    name it something other than signature #1, if you want.
    Then go to where it says Edit Signature. Click file. Click
    the browse button and navigate to where you saved the
    file, signature.HTM. Apply. OK.

    7) Go to the top of the Signatures Tab and check or
    uncheck general settings as you want them. Your
    signature should appear - same as it was when you
    originally created it. For testing purposes, you can click
    Insert on the email menu and choose signature.
     
  7. zantelover

    zantelover Thread Starter

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    No. My signature was written using 'Word' and saved as a .htm file.
    I then used Tools/Options/Signatures then opted for 'File' and browsed to my .htm file , clicked 'Apply' and finally OK.

    Surely there must be some logical answer ? Am I doing something stupidly silly ?:(:confused:
     
  8. VistaRookie

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    1) Don't use Word. It adds a lot of excess code.

    2) Do it over as I outlined above, it isn't too dificult.
     
  9. zantelover

    zantelover Thread Starter

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    Thank goodness for that ! Your instructions worked OK so I am very grateful.

    I have printed out your instructions so I will put them somewhere safe in case I need them again.

    Thanks again !:)(y)
     
  10. VistaRookie

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    You are very welcome! (y)
     
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