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    Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    I'm new here, though an old WOW subscriber.

    Is there any way to create an html page in Word and get Outlook to use it as stationery? I have tried numbers of ways of doing this over time and have never been entirely successful. As an alternative, I suppose I could use jpg images and text, but I haven't been able to make this work satisfactorily either. I prefer the html solution, if possible.

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

    In Outlook, select Tools | Options...
    Activate the Mail Format tab.
    Click Stationery Picker...
    Click New...
    Type a name for your stationery.
    Click "Use this file as a template", then click Browse...
    Locate your HTML page, then click Select.
    Click Next.
    Change the font and the background if you wish.
    Click OK.
    Back in the Options dialog, you can set the new stationery as default.

    If you don't set it as default, you can still use it for individual new mails: from the Inbox, select Actions | New Mail Message | <your stationery>

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    Thanks, Hans!

    I will give this a try. I have attempted this before without success. Usually the graphic part of the html page is missing.

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    It seems you're right - the new stationery doesn't pick up graphics from the HTML page. Perhaps someone else has a better idea.

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    I do get a error dialog regarding not allowing ActiveX. Could this be the culprit? I have tried many permutations of file location, Word html format, etc., to no avail.

    Thanks for the good try.

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    I don't get such an error, but I probably included other types of graphics. Although the preview shows at least some of them, the Stationery Picker only allows you to set a background color (by default the one from the HTML file), or a background picture, or none.

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    O.K., Hans,
    I appreciate your help. But then again, perhaps someone knows a work-around. I have seen apps that offer the ability to make custom stationery, but I don't need it *that* much at this point.

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    Word's HTML is quite verbose, but there are some clean-up tools out there. What might work is to Save As Web Page to a folder and then pick out the critical pieces (i.e., .htm and .png files) and hand-edit the HTML before moving it into the Stationery folder. Probably not what you want to hear, but I think that will give you the best results.

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    >>Word's HTML is quite verbose, but there are some clean-up tools out there. What might work is to Save As Web Page to a folder and then pick out the critical pieces (i.e., .htm and .png files) and hand-edit the HTML before moving it into the Stationery folder. Probably not what you want to hear, but I think that will give you the best results.

    I suspected the Word HTML file was the problem. Total Office integration? I just got done shoveling three feet of snow off my driveway in the Sierras. Hand-editing an HTML file ought to be at least as much fun!

    Many thanks,
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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    Hi,
    Assuming your planned stationery isn't too complicated, you might find it easier to simply edit one of the existing stationery htm files via Notepad. They're not overly complicated, particularly if you can find one that resembles the layout you want - then all you need to do is edit the image file, background colours and font etc.
    As far as creating pages in Word is concerned, I seem to recall reading somewhere that you cannot do that effectively if Word is your email editor too, but it was a while ago and I can't be sure of the details.
    Hope that helps.
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    Rory

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    Hey Rory,
    >>Assuming your planned stationery isn't too complicated, you might find it easier to simply edit one of the existing stationery htm files via Notepad.

    This is a good idea! Actually all I really wish to do is add a single jpg graphic which amounts to an e-letterhead. But that seems to be the rub.


    >>As far as creating pages in Word is concerned, I seem to recall reading somewhere that you cannot do that effectively if Word is your email editor too,

    I do not use Word as my email editor. Still doesn't work. My only work around is either to use a template in Word and Send to/E-mail recipient, or Insert/Picture to place the letterhead graphic from Outlook New Mail Message.

    Thanks for the contribution to the quest.
    Regards,
    Ron

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    Re: Custom html Stationery (2002 Sp3)

    That should be very easy indeed as all you really need is to pick an existing template with a picture header and change the filename (and possibly positioning) in the html source.
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