How to Insert a Flash Movie Into Outlook Signature

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How to Insert a Flash Movie Into Outlook Signature
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The e-mail signature that you use can be an efficient way to let people know who you are and what position you hold. Unfortunately those standard signatures can get stale and boring and may be more formal than you want. If you want to break the ice and present a more laid-back attitude you can insert a short Flash video clip into your signature. The Microsoft Outlook e-mail client allows you to insert HTML code into your signature, so you can easily insert the embed code to play a Flash video in your e-mails.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Outlook e-mail client

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  1. 1

    Open a basic text editing program such as Notepad. Type in the <object> HTML tag to specify that you are adding a new object, such as "<object width="460" height="300">."

  2. 2

    Move down a few lines and enter in the closing "</object>" tag. Move back up in between the two tags and type in "<param name="movie" value="C:\mymovie.swf">." Replace "C:\mymovie.swf" with the specific name and location of the flash movie stored on your computer.

  3. 3

    Go down a line and use the "<embed>" tag to let the text editor know you want to embed the flash file. Type "<embed src="mymovie.swf" width="460" height="300">." Move down a line and enter the closing "</embed>" tab.

  4. 4

    Save the text file with the ".html" extension. Close the file and open the Microsoft Outlook program.

  5. 5

    Click "Tools" and select "Options." Navigate to the "Mail Format" tab. Click the "Message Format" drop-down menu and choose "HTML."

  6. 6

    Click "Signature" and then "New." Click "Open" and then select the HTML file you saved earlier. Click "OK."

  7. 7

    Click the check box labelled "Add Signatures to all outgoing messages." Click "Apply" and then "OK." to insert your Flash video into your Outlook signature.

Tips and warnings

  • You can change the values in the "height" and "width" tags to make the flash video appear larger or smaller in your e-mail signature.
  • The Flash video will be included as an attachment on all of your e-mails. Some e-mail clients may flag your messages as potential security threats and your recipients may not see the video, depending on how their e-mail security features are set up.

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