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    Editing Stationery in Outlook 2003 (Outlook 2003)

    I was just upgraded from Outlook 2002 to 2003. In 2002, I could copy stationery from friends, go in the stationery file and edit it to show just the way I wanted when composing a new email. I think 2002 used bmp. In 2003, I've tried to adjust my stationery because of course, it does not look the same as in 2002. I found 2003 uses JPEG and I cannot figure out how to get that stationery to change. I'm used to editing that file until one background or picture shows on the screen and not two or three. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Re: Editing Stationery in Outlook 2003 (Outlook 20

    The BMP format is not very web browser friendly, and under the covers, HTML mail is rendered by browser-like software or browser components. Thus, if it was BMP before, it does make sense to transition to GIF, JPG, and PNG for compatibility reasons. But I digress...

    How is it that you are saving the stationery?

    Do you end up with one HTML file and a bunch of image files?

    Are you editing in Outlook or in Word or in an HTML or plain text editor?

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    Re: Editing Stationery in Outlook 2003 (Outlook 20

    When a friend sends me email with stationery I really like, I use File/Save Stationery and select: Use this existing stationery as a template. When I go into Windows Explorer, find Microsoft and find the stationery, there is a jpg or gif file and a htm. When I double click on the jpg file Imaging for Windows comes up. When I double click on the htm file the Windows Internet Explorer comes up with the stationery and I really don't know what to do. At least with the imaging, I can do in and do things to the image but when I go back into Outlook, no changes have been made.

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    Re: Editing Stationery in Outlook 2003 (Outlook 20

    I never noticed that option before. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    So I did a test and got a .htm and a .jpg file here: Cocuments and SettingsusernameApplication DataMicrosoftStationery

    In order to fix the .htm file you need to open it in some kind of editor. A web page editor like FrontPage probably is easiest, but lacking that, you can use Wordpad, Notepad, or something more specialized. Although it is possible to use Word, Word also may make changes that do more harm than good.

    If you are not familiar with HTML, this might be more trouble than it is worth. Instead, you might create a blank HTML message, add the background image using Format>Background>Picture... and send it to yourself. Then you can save it as stationery in the usual way.

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    Re: Editing Stationery in Outlook 2003 (Outlook 20

    Well, I tried it and it works for me! As long as I can work with the background or the picture, I'm okay. Thank you so much for your help. This gives me another avenue!

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