How to add widgets to an email signature

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How to add widgets to an email signature
Signature widgets make it easier for people to connect with you. (Image by Webtreats (http://www.flickr.com/photos/webtreatsetc/) via Flickr.)

Adding a widget to your email signature -- whether it is a Facebook widget, Twitter follow button or LinkedIn connect button -- lets you share more of your online presence with email contacts by providing them with direct access to your other web assets. Widgets are essentially clickable images embedded in your signature. There’s no magic to them and certainly no need for complex editing or HTML code. All you need to do is insert an image into your signature, make it a clickable link and you’ve got a custom email signature widget.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    Creating a widget image

  1. 1

    Go to the homepage of the site for which you wish to create a widget, for example Twitter, Facebookor LinkedIn (see Resources). The homepage is always the best place to access the latest and best version of a corporate logo.

  2. 2

    Right-click to save a copy of the required logo.

  3. 3

    Name the image with something memorable and easy to identify, like “Facebook widget icon" and select a suitable save location for the image.

    Outlook

  1. 1

    Click “Home,” “New Email,” “Include,” “Signature” then “Signatures.”

  2. 2

    Click "New" underneath the "Email Signature" tab, then type a name for the signature, for example "Business Signature." Click "OK." Alternatively, select an existing signature.

  3. 3

    Click the picture icon. This opens a browser dialog box. Click "Browse," then look for the image you saved previously. Double-click the relevant image to insert it into the signature.

  4. 4

    Open your preferred web browser. Navigate to the relevant page, such as your Facebook profile page. Copy the URL.

  5. 5

    Go back to Outlook. Select the image by clicking on it, then add a hyperlink. Do this either by using the provided hyperlink button, or by pressing “Ctrl-K” or “Cmd-K” if using a Mac. Hit “Save.” By making the image a clickable link, it will function as a widget in cases where the web platform in question doesn’t provide email widgets.

    Gmail

  1. 1

    Click “Compose,” then click the gear icon. Select “Settings” and scroll to the bottom to view the signature editor. As of 2010, Google Mail automatically enables rich text editing for signatures, so you don't need to enable this.

  2. 2

    Select the previously saved logo. You may need to resize the image so it fits neatly into your email signature using the basic image editing tools that appear once the image is inserted.

  3. 3

    Press "Ctrl-T" or "Cmnd-T" if using a Mac, to open a new browser tab. Navigate to the page to which you want the widget to take people, for example your Facebook profile.

  4. 4

    Highlight and copy the URL, either by right-clicking and selecting "Copy" or by pressing "Ctrl-C." If you're using a Mac, press "Cmnd-C."

  5. 5

    Click the image to select it. Insert the copied hyperlink into the image. Do this either by using the provided hyperlink button, or by pressing “Ctrl-K” or “Cmd-K” if using a Mac. Click “Save.”

    Yahoo

  1. 1

    Click "Options" then click "Signature." Select "Show a Rich Text Editor."

  2. 2

    Open a new browser tab. Navigate to the homepage of the page to which you want the image, for example LinkedIn.

  3. 3

    Right-click or "Ctrl" and click on the image. If using a Mac, press "Cmnd" and click. Select "Copy."

  4. 4

    Navigate back to the Yahoo email signature editor. Right-click or "Ctrl" and click on the signature editor. If using a Mac, press "Cmnd" and "click." Select "Paste."

  5. 5

    Navigate to the specific page to which you want the widget to link in the new browser tab, for example your LinkedIn profile page. Copy the URL.

  6. 6

    Navigate back to Yahoo mail. Click on the image to select it. Press "Ctrl-K" or "cmnd-K" if using Mac. Select "Paste." This makes the image clickable. Click "Save."

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