Using Rich HTML in your Outlook Express Signature

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  1. Personalize your email signature with HTML
  2. Use a text editor and simple HTML to create an HTML signature
  3. Create an HTML signature if you don’t know HTML

Personalize your email signature with HTML

Outlook Express was discontinued in 2001 but can still be installed on older Windows systems. It was replaced by Windows Mail and Apple Mail.

If you’re looking for instructions for Outlook and not Outlook Express, here’s how to create an email signature in Outlook. If you’re using Mail for Windows 10, there are workarounds for using HTML in your signature.

This article only covers instructions as they existed for Outlook Express when it was discontinued in 2001.

Use a text editor and simple HTML to create an HTML signature

The best way to add rich HTML to your email signature is to create the signature code in your favorite text editor. If you have experience with HTML:

  1. Open a text editor document and enter the signature HTML code. Only enter the code you would use in the tags of an HTML document.

  2. Save the text document containing the HTML code with the extension .html in the folder My Documents

  3. Go to Outlook Express. Choose from the menu Tools parameters…

  4. Go to the tab Signatures

  5. Highlight the desired signature.

  6. Make sure the section Change signature selected File

  7. Use button Overview … to select the signature HTML file you just created.

  8. Click Okay

  9. Check your new signature.

Create an HTML signature if you don’t know HTML

If you are not familiar with HTML code, you can use the workaround:

  1. Create a new message in Outlook Express.

  2. Enter your signature and create it using the formatting tools.

  3. Go to the tab A source

  4. Select content between two body tags. That is, select everything in the text document in between, but do not include body tags.

  5. Click ctrl-c to copy the selected signature code.

Now that you have the HTML code (without writing the HTML code itself), the process is much the same as described in the previous section:

  1. Create a new file with your favorite text editor.

  2. Click ctrl-v to paste HTML code into a text document.

  3. Save the text document containing the HTML code with the extension .html in the folder My Documents

  4. Go to Outlook Express. Choose from the menu Tools parameters…

  5. Go to the tab Signatures

  6. Highlight the desired signature.

  7. Make sure the section Change signature selected File

  8. Use button Overview … to select the signature HTML file you just created.

  9. Click Okay

  10. Check your new signature.

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