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How to use an animated signature!  

To insert a signature in a Hotmail mail, you have to direct link to an image with a
web address, using html. I do not recommend that people direct link to images
on my site, because Lycos get annoyed & shut me down, if too many people
 are accessing my images, therefore their computer, without accessing the page,
because that's where their pop-up adverts are & how they make their money.
OK, well, you didn't want to know all that, did you :)

To get round this, you need to save the .gif for yourself & upload it to some
 free webspace of your own, geocities, for example, & then direct link to that image.
Also, if I get shut down, & you're linking to my site, you'll have lost it !!!


Sent to me by a hotmail user :-

When I find something I want to use, I have to "right click" it, and from the drop down menu, click on "properties." Once you do that something will come up with the address, etc... you then have to click on the address to highlight it. Once the address is
highlighted, you "right click" on the now highlighted address and go down to "copy."
You have to go to the body of the letter you have composed and "right click." Then, from the drop down menu, go down to "paste" and click on it. You will now have the address in the body. Now, at the beginning of the address you have to type:
<IMG src="">
"there is a space between the img & src, other than that, do not space anything else. Then, as you said, check the "rich text format" box. Once you check that, the screen will change, and whatever you put, will appear. Then simply click "send." It is kind of troublesome, but it gets the job done. Also, on hotmail, if you save something to desktop, you can open it, but cannot use it to send. You have to get it from the internet, or from an e-mail. Once it is saved to desktop, it changes the address from the original and can no longer be used. I hope this will help you to help others using hotmail.

Sent to me by another Hotmail user :-

Combining hotmail with my outlook express was the best thing I ever did! For all my internet friends I use hotmail, very few people even know my primary address.
For all the people that ask you how to add a name to hotmail, the answer is it wont work! You can copy and paste the animation, and it will show up when you do it, but once you send the email and the recipient opens it, all they see is the red x in the box. So when the two accounts are combined, hotmail is listed on the outlook express page, under the primary account. When I compose an email, at the To: line I have drop down bar showing both addresses, my primary and the hotmail, I choose which one to use. I will paste the directions here. I found them by going to help at hotmail, typed in outlook express, and there they were. The best thing about it, is now I can use the insert picture link for all my animations and they always work in hotmail. Hope this answered your question.

To set up your Hotmail account in Outlook Express, you'll need to use
Outlook Express version 5.5 or later.

  1.. In Outlook Express, click Accounts on the Tools menu.
  2.. In the Internet Accounts dialog box, click Add, and then click Mail.
  3.. On the first page of the Internet Connection Wizard, type your full
name, and then click Next.
  4.. On the Internet E-mail Address page, type your full Hotmail address
  5.. On the E-mail Server Name page, click HTTP in the My incoming mail
server is box.
  In the box My HTTP service provider is, click Hotmail or Other.

  If the box Incoming mail server is displayed, type

  6.. On the Internet Mail Logon page, type your account name and password
in the respective boxes. Your account name is the first half of your MSN
Hotmail e-mail address (the information before the @ sign).
  7.. Click Finish to add your Hotmail account to Outlook Express.


Sent to me by another Hotmail user :-


You can read Hotmail in outlook express too.
>>>>Outlook 2002 in Microsoft Office XP
Before you read our tips on Outlook Express below, did you know that MSN Hotmail now works great with Outlook 2002? 
>>> To set up MSN Hotmail with Outlook 2002

1.  On the "Tools" menu, click "E-Mail Accounts".
2.  Under "E-mail", click "Add a new e-mail account", and then click "Next".
3.  Follow the instructions and be sure to select "HTTP" under "Server Type".

For more information about the great features of Microsoft Outlook 2002 including how to get additional support for Outlook, go to:

>>>>Outlook Express
We realize that this e-mail message is lengthy, but please read the entire message below because the answer to your question may be included.
Within this message is information on:

  I. How to Get Started with Hotmail Offline
 II. How to Synchronize your Hotmail Account with Outlook Express
III. How to Send a Message in Outlook Express
 IV. How to Use Outlook Express to Save Messages on your Computer's Hard Disk Drive
  V. How to Remove your Hotmail Account from Outlook Express
 VI. Still Didn't Solve Your Problem?

I. How to Get Started with Hotmail Offline

>>> To get started with Hotmail Offline

1.  In Outlook Express, on the "Tools" menu, click "Accounts".
2.  In the "Internet Accounts" dialog box, click the "Add" button.
3.  Click "Mail" to open the Internet Connection Wizard, and then follow the instructions to configure your existing Hotmail account. You need only your Hotmail sign-in name and password.

II. How to Synchronize your Hotmail Account with Outlook Express

With Hotmail Offline, you can synchronize Hotmail and Outlook Express to keep the messages on your hard disk drive and your online account coordinated and up to date. If you change your Hotmail account through Outlook Express (move messages, create or delete folders, or compose a new message), these changes appear in both programs. With synchronization, Outlook Express downloads new messages from your Hotmail account to Outlook Express.

III. How to Send a Message in Outlook Express

>>> To send a message in Outlook Express

1.  In the Outlook Express folders list, click your Hotmail Inbox.
2.  On the toolbar, click the "New Mail" button.
3.  In the "To" or "Cc" boxes, type the e-mail name of each recipient, separating names with a comma or semicolon.
4.  In the "Subject" box, type a message title.
5.  Compose your message in the text box, and then click the "Send" button.
Note: The message is not sent until you synchronize.

IV. How to use Outlook Express to Save Messages on Your Computer's Hard Disk Drive

You can use Outlook Express to store Hotmail messages on your computer and never worry about exceeding the Hotmail size limit.

>>> To archive messages from your Hotmail account to your hard disk drive

1.  In Outlook Express, under the "Local Folders" list, click "Local Folders".
2.  Click "File", point to "New", and then click "Folder".
3.  In the text box under "Folder", type a name for the new folder. Your new folder appears in the list under "Local Folders".
4.  Drag messages from your Hotmail Inbox in Outlook Express to the new folder.
When you follow this procedure, you are removing e-mail messages from your Hotmail server and moving the messages to your hard disk drive, reducing the size of your Hotmail account. You can now view the messages in the new Outlook Express folder any time you launch Outlook Express--you need not be signed in to Hotmail to see the messages.

V.  How to Remove your Hotmail Account from Outlook Express

You can remove your Hotmail account from Outlook Express in two ways:
  - Right-click the account and click "Remove Account".
  - On the "Tools" menu, click "Accounts", select the Hotmail account, and click the "Remove" button.

Your Hotmail account is not deleted permanently. You have only removed the ability to read Hotmail messages offline from Outlook Express. To reconfigure Outlook Express to read your Hotmail messages, on the "Tools" menu, click "Account" and then click "Add Mail".

VI. Still Didn't Solve Your Problem?

Complete the Hotmail Customer Support request form at:

NOTE:  Support for Outlook Express use of Hotmail is limited.

Remember that MSN Hotmail also has comprehensive online help available--just click "Help" in the upper right corner.