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How to add image links to Outlook email messages

dots What is the point?

Anyone using MS-Outlook or Outlook Express stationery probably would like to add a link over the letterhead or stationery header image, pointing to their web site. For business purposes, it is a great addition.

dots So how do I add an image link?

If you created your email stationery template for Outlook Express, by selecting your custom HTML page, then you may already have links over the template images. But if you used the Outlook Express stationery wizard or if you created your template for MS-Outlook, then you have to work a little more on it.

TIP: Stationery items can only be used if you set Outlook to create new messages using the HTML format. Which means that somehow, your outgoing messages are using HTML tags, as any web page. And as on web pages, you can also add links over images within HTML email templates.

dots Adding hyper-links over MS Outlook signature images

The following steps explain how to add links to images on MS-Outlook 2003.

  • Open MS-Outlook, go to "Tools->Options...", select the "Mail Format" tab, then click on "Signatures".

    Edit Outlook Express Signature

  • Select the Signature you want to modify, then click on "Edit". On the Signature Text edit area, right click and select "View Source".

    Outlook Express Source

  • A Notepad window will open, displaying the HTML source of your signature. Look for a text like this one, where the text src=" shows the path to your real letterhead image:

    HTML Image

  • Modify it by adding A HREF tags to the image. The A HREF tag will start before the IMG tag and it will end after the IMG tag is ended. For more information on using link tags, please see the W3C HTML links documentation. The modified HTML text will look like this one (where is your domain name).

    HTML Link oVer Image

  • Then from the Notepad file menu, click on "Save" and exit the document, returning to the Edit Signature Outlook menu. Here, click on OK until you exit the Options menu (don't forget to make sure that the signature is selected as the default one for all your outgoing messages) and you are done. Now your letterhead template links to your site.

    dots Image links over Outlook Express stationery

    Outlook Express lets you import your pre-defined web page as a stationery item, so all you have to do is to edit your web page (which is HTML code) and to add the A HREF tag as on the above Notepad example.

    How to create Outlook stationery using signatures.

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