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    Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    I would like to be able to send HTML formatted mail that contain pictures. So far I have not been able to figure out how to do this. When I send a "new message using stationery" I get the text portion but the pix shows up as a placeholder and attached file. This is not going to work as the intended recipients are not savvy enough to open an attachment.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated - even if you only recommend a book that has the answer.

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    I have discovered that adding links to pictures (stored somewhere on the internet) works well--I create the link in Front Page and then copy/paste the image (including the code, but not "just" the code) into an html-format message.

    Not sure if that's exactly what you're looking for, those....

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    I actually want to embed the pix, not link to a website. I know this can be done because I get e-mails like that all the time. I just don't know where to learn how to do it.

    Thanks for the suggestion though.
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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    If you open up an HTML email and right click on it, you'll see an option called "View Source". Select that and the HTML content will show up. It's really a matter of picking out the skeleton layout and working from there.

    If you're not familiar with HTML, you may wish to invest in a good book on HTML 4.0 - browse and find something that you can read easily.

    Personally, I would recommend working with a text editor. Windows supplies you with Notepad. There are other alternatives, and you may find something that supports colour coding could well help. (Among other things, colour coding will readily highlight when you've made a basic mistake: such as not closing off a pair of tags.) Two fairly inexpensive text editors are TextPad and UltraEdit - although these are also usable for more advanced forms of coding.

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    Once I've created a new email message ... and get to where I want to insert the picture ... I choose the Insert-Picture menu items ... which brings-up a dialog box that you can fill in ... I usually choose to Browse to the location of the picture to be included.

    Note however, If you've installed the "Draconian" security update mentioned in numerous posting in this group ... you'll need to reset your default security settings for the Secure content portion of the Security tabs to be "Internet" (as opposed to Restricted sites), otherwise you won't be able to embed the picture, using the Tools-Options (security tab), as follows:
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    <font color=red><big>BAD IDEA!</big></font color=red>

    The "Draconian" update relates to rendering certain attachments inaccessible. Different issue.

    The reason it is wise to set your security zone to Restricted, and to disable active scripting for the Restricted Zone, is that there are some viruses that execute when the HTML is rendered

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    Maybe I should restate the problem. I want to send a "digital flyer" advertising real estate for sale. I can create the document in FrontPage (or the excellent HTML Toolkit recommended elsewhere on this site) but when I use Outlook to send it, any pix show up as placeholders and attachments. I thought I could work around the problem by designating the flyer as "stationery" but the same thing happens.

    Perhaps my question should have been - How can I send an HTML page with pictures using Outlook?

    Again thanks for any help - I appreciate the answers I've gotten so far.

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    It should be fairly straightforward.
    Ensure you are set for HTML formatting (Click on Format - if this only shows Plain text and Rich Text, click Plain. The click on Format again and you will be offered Plain, Rich and HTML.)
    Insert > Picture >
    Then browse for what you want to insert.

    You may also want to get the formatting toolbar on view if it isn't already.

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    Yeah I was kinda concerned about that ... any idea which security setting could be reset (via Tools-Options-Security tab within IE5.5) that would specifically allow the Insert Picture command in Outlook 2k HTML messages (with the Draconian security patch installed---since that's me)?

    If I knew which setting to change, then I would reset my security zone in Outlook to Restricted ... and then reset the one security setting in that zone (in IE 5.5).

    Thanks.

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    do not take the advice to change your security settings - it's a bad idea and has nothing what so ever to do with sending pictures.

    when you insert pictures, is there an option to send them from the internet? if not, look on tools > options, mail format, internet button and send pictures.

    i'd also suggest that if you plan to send out many of these, you might like using OE to design them. it has a better html editor - or use frontpage (or other editor) and save it to the drive, then send it as stationery from outlook.

    also - try changing your default editor to outlook, word might be causing problems.

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    if you continue to have problems, look in the KB:

    Q284398
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q284/3/98.asp>http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/ar...s/q284/3/98.asp</A>

    Q257612
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q257/6/12.asp>http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/ar...s/q257/6/12.asp</A>

    i thought there was one specifically about problems sending embedded images, but can't find it offhand.

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    It took 10 minutes, and it isn't exactly intuitive, but I found it: changing Allow Paste Operations Via Script (under Active Scripting) from Disable to Prompt in the Custom settings for the Restricted Zone re-enables Insert Picture. You will have to confirm the insertion when prompted, but at least it will work!

    I think this is a reasonable compromise: since no e-mail message should ever be pasting from the clipboard you won't have to say Yes any other time. "Just say no." <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    that setting has no relation to sending images embedded in html. you aren't pasting anything via script - you are inserting images, and not via a script.

    the image needs embedded - the html tag looks like this (using word mail but sending to outlook express)
    <img width=3D100 height=3D55 = src=3D"cid:image001.gif@01C19E7A.70DB8D40"> and the image attachment is labeled as
    Content-ID: <image001.gif@01C19E7A.70DB8D40>

    and if it's not there or not understood by the other mail clients, it won't be displayed - period. if the mailserver strips tnef information it can cause it to fail because the content id is removed from the attachment.

    Before telling people to enable scripting, you need to learn more about how email works.

    Do you any idea WHY that setting was turned for the restricted zone to begin with? Do you have any idea how many people, when faced with an unknown prompt, will say "Ok"? It's not as safe and harmless move as you think.

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    Thanks --- this works GREAT!!!

    Interestingly, by doing the changes to the Security setting in Outlook (Choosing the Restricted Sites zone) and in IE 5.5, i.e. customizing the zone settings for the Restricted Sites to the Allow Past Operations Via Script) as you suggest ... the result I get is:

    1. <LI>I get prompted to approve a Insert Picture command, but
      <LI>don't get prompted if I just press Control-V to paste a picture that's in the clipboard already.

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    Re: Using Outlook2K for HTML mail (2000 SR1a)

    I beg to differ that:

    that setting has no relation to sending images embedded in html. you aren't pasting anything via script - you are inserting images, and not via a script.

    and

    apologize for mixing apples and oranges in this thread that started out with somewhat different problem then the one I jumped on ...

    that being using Outlook's "native" html email composition abilities ... which really is using IE to perform the real work (at least from what I glean from the paucity of documentation from MS). So accordingly, when I composed an HTML email message within Outlook (not using the Word editor) ... prior to installing the latest-greatest (otherwise known as the Draconian) email security patch I could both paste a picture from the clipboard (control-v) and Insert pictures into emails with no trouble. ....

    But after installing the security patch I couldn't ... I discovered that I could get around that by changing the Security Zone used in Outlook back to the Internet zone (since the the patch had changed the default zone from Internet to Restricted Sites). This essentially bypasses much of the things I probably shouldn't bypass ...

    So instead I've reset my zone to Restricted Sites within Outlook, and tweaked the zone settings to be somewhat less than "HIGH", by enabling a user to approve an Insert Picture command, which IMHO is probably more "secure" than setting the security zone to Internet (which by default is a MEDIUM security zone on my computer).

    By the way the resulting html source code from either pasting from the clipboard or Insert Picture looks like this (for an email I sent to my self with an inserted picture):

    [img]cid:597520918@16012002-2099[/img]

    and the email header looks like this (indicated a multi-part email ... with the image as part of the message) note that I've removed portions of this header to get rid of some references to my user-id on our email system:

    Return-Path: <allen_bingham@fishgame.state.ak.us>
    Received: from <<snip>> by
    ancmail1.state.ak.us (Netscape Messaging Server 4.15) with ESMTP
    id GQ1MGC00.TV0 for <allen_bingham@fishgame.state.ak.us>; Wed,
    16 Jan 2002 09:09:48 -0900
    From: "Allen E. Bingham" <allen_bingham@fishgame.state.ak.us>
    To: "Allen E. Bingham (E-mail)" <allen_bingham@fishgame.state.ak.us>
    Subject:
    Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 09:10:33 -0900
    Message-ID: <000001c19eb9$17c2df30$4f9e3f92@domain>
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: multipart/related;
    boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0001_01C19E6D.A7DE4470"
    X-Priority: 3 (Normal)
    X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
    X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook CWS, Build 9.0.2416 (9.0.2911.0)
    Importance: Normal
    X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V5.50.4807.1700

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