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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

How to Create a Business Card in Outlook Express

Do you work for a top notch business and want to let others know about it? Do you run your own business and you figure email is a great way to get the word out about what you do? If you've answered yes, then you need an electronic business card.

You could make a business card just for fun. It's a perfect way to exchange contact information with other people.

To create a business card in Outlook Express, open the program and click on Tools, then Address Book. Now, you'll want to create an entry for yourself, so click on New, New Contact and type in your name or your business name (whichever you prefer). You can include just your first name or your full name. That is up to you. Click OK when you're done.

Now find your name on your list of contacts and click on it to highlight it. Screen reader users will arrow down through the list of names until you come to yours.

Use ALT+F or click on File, Export, Business Card (vCard). The vCard is just the format that the business card uses. The format can also be used in different digital devices and operating systems. Now, a new window will appear and you'll want to choose a location where your business card will be saved. You can save it in your My Documents folder or even on your desktop. It doesn't matter where you put it. Just place it somewhere so you can easily find it. Once you pick a location, click Save. That's all there is to that!

You have the option of inserting your business card into every email you send out. This is probably a smart thing to do if you want to get more information about your business out to people, but if you just need to exchange contact information with a few folks, you can also attach it to certain emails. This will save you from having to type out all your information every time you need to give it to someone. If you want to send your card to business people and not to family and friends, you'll only want to attach it to certain emails and not every single one.

To add your business card to certain emails, go back to the main screen of Outlook Express and compose a new message. Then go to the Insert menu and choose My Business Card. That will take care of that part.

To add your business card to every email, go to Tools, Options and select the Compose tab. Under the business cards section (toward the bottom of the box), you can choose either Mail or News. (You'll probably want to choose Mail unless you use the News part of OE). Either way, use the drop down menu and find your name in the list of contacts that appears. Your name should be there, because you created your contact earlier. Click OK when you're done and your business card will now show up in every e-mail you send.

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