Use clip art to customize your Outlook messages

Applies to
Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003
Microsoft Outlook® 2002

You can use clip art in a variety of ways to personalize your Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003 e-mail messages. For example, you can create custom stationery, which is a set of predefined design elements (such as text formatting, background color, and images) that are included in outgoing e-mail messages. Or, you can add a special touch to your e-mail signature by adding a clip to it.

ShowUse clip art to create custom stationery

If Microsoft Office Word is your e-mail editor, you can't create new stationery from Word. However, you can create new stationery in Outlook, which Word then adds to its stationery list.

  1. From the main Outlook window, on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Mail Format tab.
  2. In the Compose in this message format list, click HTML.
  3. Click Stationery Picker, and then click New.
  4. In the Enter a name for your new stationery box, enter a name.
  5. Under Choose how to create your stationery, select the option you want.

To select a file to base your stationery on, type the path and file name in the Use this file as a template box, or click Browse to select from a list.

  1. Click Next.
  2. Select the options you want to use.

 Note   This procedure is available only if you use HTML as your message format.

ShowAdd clip art to your e-mail signature

  1. From the main Outlook window, on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Mail Format tab.
  2. Under Signature, click Signatures, and then click New.
  3. In the Enter a name for your new signature box, enter a name.
  4. Under Choose how to create your signature, select the option you want, and then click Next.
  5. In the Signature text box, type the text you want to include in the signature.

You can also paste text into this box from another document.

  1. To change the paragraph or font format, select the text, click Font or Paragraph, and then select the options you want. These options are not available if you use plain text as your message format.
  2. To add clip art, click Advanced Edit. Your signature opens in the Office product you have set as your HTML editor in Microsoft Internet Explorer. For example, if you have selected Microsoft Office Word, then on the Insert menu, point to Picture and then click Clip Art.
  3. Select the clip you want included with your signature, click Save Button image, and then close the window.
  4. Click Finish when you are done editing the new signature.

 Note   You might want to resize the clip before you add it to your signature. To resize, click a corner of the clip and drag it to the size you want.

After you've created a signature, you can insert it in all new messages, in all messages you reply to or forward, or just in a specific message. You can also have a different signature for each e-mail account.

Applies to:
Outlook 2003