There are now TWO methods of downloading my designs. One is ZIP or DOWNLOAD style, which is covered in the instructions directly below. The other is EXE style which will automatically extract the files into the proper folder on your computer. Click Here for EXE style instructions.
Your new Stationery Design is now downloaded to your computer.
6. Next you double click on the PROGRAM FILES folder...as shown below.
7. Now double click on the COMMON FILES folder, as shown below.
8. Next double click on the MICROSOFT SHARED folder, as shown below.
9. Double click on the STATIONERY folder, as shown below.
10. Finally click on the EXTRACT button. Your stationery will now un-zip into the C:/Program Files/ Common Files/Microsoft Shared/Stationery folder. Click HERE for instructions on using the new design in Outlook Express.
Click on the word EXE, when available, for the design you want to use. This window will open:
Click on OPEN. Click OK on the WinZip Self-Extractor Information Window.
This window will now open:
Click on the UNZIP button. You can see that the files in the EXE are going into your C:/program files/ common files/microsoft shared/ stationery folder.
Next a confirmation window will appear:
Click CLOSE. You are now ready to use your new design as follows.
USING STATIONERY - Now go to your Outlook Express e-mail program and select the new stationery by clicking on the little arrow to the right of the New Mail button in Outlook Express 5.0. It looks like the picture show below:
DON'T FORGET that some styles do not show the graphic when you are typing in your message. Some styles even put the main graphic all over the page. Rest assured when you send your message, all the pieces will fall into place. If you'd like to preview exactly what your message will look like, while in the New Message window, click VIEW and select SOURCE EDIT.
Now you will notice a tab at the bottom of the window called "Preview". Click on that to see the exact thing your recipient will see.
my stationery in Outlook/Office 2000:
Using my stationery in Outlook/Office XP:
Open Outlook and click on ACTIONS, choose NEW MAIL USING, then click on More Stationery. Find the design you want from the window that opens, click OK. The stationery will now be ready for use.
One final note, my designs are all created for Outlook Express 5.0 and Outlook 2000. I've tested most of them in Outlook '97 and Outlook Express 4.0 and have so far found them to work. If you encounter any problems, please let me know so that I can research a fix for it.
ADDING MUSIC in Outlook
Express 5.0 to Stationery
that does not come with music: Start your New Message, Click on FORMAT,
choose BACKGROUND, then select SOUND. In the window that opens, choose
BROWSE. At the bottom of the new window, use the drop down list to select
.mid or .midi files. Then locate the folder on your computer where you
normally save sound files. Choose your music and click open. Finally click
OK. Now you have the music of your choice to go along with your Stationery
Once your stationery is used, it will show up in the drop down list when you click the little arrow next to New Message. If you collect a lot of stationery you may need to use the Select Stationery option to get a stationery you haven't used recently. The drop down list only holds a certain number of selections, all your stationery is still there, you just have to go get it. For best results, always close the window the first time you use a stationery...don't send the first message...then select it again from the drop down list. This assures that Outlook Express finds all the files it needs to make your stationery perfect.
If you have updated your windows recently, such as within the last 2 weeks, then you may be having problems with outlook express, internet explorer, or other programs crashing repeatedly. http://www.updatexp.com/q811493.html has information about the Q811493 Microsoft patch. Other MS patch files that have caused problems for some Windows 2000 and XP users are Q329115 and Q810557. For persons using windows XP, go to add / remove programs and look in your windows updates for the last two updates listed above. It's up to you if you want to remove them, but those that have report much better computer performance.
One thing that I've had a couple of people report on lately is the Hotbar program. It is a program that you download from the internet that allows you to put designs on your Internet Explorer toolbar. Hotbar won't allow pictures to show up in email, unless it's one of their own designs. Hotbar is also "Spyware", which means it keeps track of where you go on the internet and can automatically sign you up for mailing lists and other SPAM / Junk mail. It's NOT a good thing to have on your computer.
Another thing to try is Go to Tools, then Options. Now click: Send Tab, then Mail Sending Format: HTML Setting, then make sure the "Send with Pictures" box is checked. Some software installations can change this setting after it being fine for months of use.
Check your Outlook Express Security setting by clicking on Tools, choose Options, then click on the Security Tab. Click in the top circle, next to Internet Zone.
These tips have fixed most stationery problems where the pictures or music are not being seen by the recipient.
If you are a business/corporate user of Microsoft Outlook Email software, then you know it's nearly impossible to find nice stationery that works! I've created new designs especially for Outlook and MS Exchange Mail Servers. They will be marked as MSX-EXE. Click on that link under the design thumbnail, say YES to download, remember where you save it to. After download is complete, you can click on the OPEN button - or go to the folder where you saved it, and just double click the name of the stationery. It will automatically extract into the correct folder on your computer. Follow the instructions above depending on the version of Outlook/Office that you have.
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