Windows Mail Stationery

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How to Use and Create Stationery in Windows Mail
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Stationery is a background image for messages. This will show you how to Create and Use stationery in Vista Windows Mail.
How to Use and Create Stationery in Windows Mail

information   Information
Stationery is a background image for messages. This will show you how to Create and Use stationery in Vista Windows Mail. Stationery uses the .HTM file extension.
Note   Note
The default stationery folder location used by Windows Mail is:
NOTE: AppData is a hidden folder, see Option Two here: How to Hide or Show Hidden Files and Folders in Vista

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Stationery


EXAMPLE: Stationery
Example_Stationery.jpg




OPTION ONE
How to Use Stationery in Windows Mail

1. Open Windows Mail.​
2. In Windows Mail Main Window
NOTE: You can also click this in a compose Message window to open a New Message window with the selected stationery.​
A) Click on Message. (See sceenshot below)​
B) Click on New Message Using.​
C) Select a stationery listed, or click on Select Stationery to choose from another location. (See step 4)​
In_Windows_Mail.jpg


3. In a Compose Message Window
A) Click on Format.​
B) Click on Apply Stationery.​
C) Select a stationary listed, or click on More Stationery to choose from another location. (See step 4)​
In_Message_Window.jpg


4. For Select Stationery or More Stationery
A) Select the stationery you want from it's location. (See screenshot below)​
B) Click on OK.​
Select_Stationary.jpg







OPTION TWO
How to Create Stationery in Windows Mail

5. Click on the Create New button. (See screenshot above)​
6. Click on Next in the Stationery Wizard window. (See screenshot below)​
Wizard_Welcome.jpg

7. To Choose a Picture
A) Check Picture and select a picture for the background. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: Click Browse to use a .BMP, .GIF, .JPG, .WMF, .WBM, and .ART image of your own.
B) Select a Postion and Tile effect for the image.​

8. To Choose a Background Color
A) Check Color and choose a color.​

9. Click on Next.​
Step_1_Wizard.jpg

10. Choose the font you would like to use in this stationery. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: See the preview window to see how it will look.
A) Select a Font style.​
B) Select a Size for the font.​
C) Select a Color for the text.​
D) Select if you want a Bold or Italic font.​
NOTE: By default it will be set as Normal if nothing is dotted.

11. Click on Next.​
Step_2_Wizard.jpg

12. Enter the margin width you want for this stationery. (See screenshot below)​
A) Adjust the Left Margin and Top Margin to the location you want it.​
NOTE: See the preview window to see how it will look.

13. Click on Next.​
Step_3_Wizard.jpg

14. Type in a name for this stationery. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This stationery will be saved at the default hidden location:​
C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Stationery
15. Click on Finish.​
Step_4_Wizard.jpg

16. You will now see the new stationery file listed under the Select Stationery window. (See screenshot below)​
Added_To_Select.jpg

17. Select a stationery (ex: Your new one) you want to use with your new message, and click on OK. (See screenshot above).​
18. A New Message window will now open with the stationery selected in step 17.​
That's it,
Shawn



 
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Comments

No matter what I do I cannot get the stationery to save.

I get a message telling me I have either an invalid or duplicate name.

I have tried using the word sample- no joy

Mari
 
Hello Mari,

Are you using a name without any characters in it and just letters or numbers?

Look at the hidden location C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Stationery to see if the names you are using are aleady saved there.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Yes, I am using the word 'sample' as in your example.

I found the stationery directory and adjusted the properties as recommended.

I also downloaded some stationery as recommended, its great for personal use but not so good for business.

I have amended one of the downloaded ones and am using this as an interim measure. I would ideally like to create my own.

The message I get tells me that I am using an invalid name when I try to save.

Mari
 
Strange., does it give you this error at step 15 or 17?

Could you post a copy of the exact error message that you getting? It would help me to see if it is the name you are trying to use, or maybe the folder name that Windows Mail is tryng to save your stationery in.
 
It fails at step 15.

Using internet research I have discovered this is not a unique problem.

I am going to rename my stationery directory to .tmp and create a new directory just to see if there is corruption.

I am also going to try downloading some windows stationery to see how it is stored.

Will report back later.

Thank you for your help.
 
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You're welcome Mari. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. Thank you for posting back your results.

Shawn
 
Hello DSpencer, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you saved it in the default hidden location of C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Stationery, then you should be able to there and right click on it and click on Rename to rename the file.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
You're welcome Mari. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. Thank you for posting back your results.

Shawn
I had the same problem, when I went to try renaming, I discovered that I didn't even have a stationery folder. I had a very early version of Vista, I created a folder and added some stationery left over from XP . It solved all my problems.
 
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