Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Using Themes and Stationery
Themes and stationery are two related tools that let you provide a global design to an email message.
Stationery includes a background color and/or pattern, and themes include backgrounds and other
elements such as fonts, list styles, and effects. Using a theme or stationery does not mean the
message formatting is fixed — you can use the theme formatting as it is defined or change it as desired.
Where do you get themes? There are several sources:
n Defined themes that are built into Outlook.
n Microsoft Word themes that are installed with Outlook.
n Themes you download from Office Online.
n Themes that you customize yourself.
The primary difference between Outlook themes and Word themes is that you can customize a
Word theme but Outlook themes cannot be modified. There is also a difference in the way you
apply them, as explained next.
Applying an Outlook Theme to All New Messages
You can select a default theme that will automatically be used for all new HTML email messages:
Select Tools, Options from the main Outlook menu to display the Options dialog box.
If necessary, click the Mail Format tab.
Click the Stationery and Fonts button to display the Signatures and Stationery dialog box.
Click the Theme button to display the Theme or Stationery dialog box (see Figure 5.15).
Click a theme or stationery name to see it previewed in the Sample area.
Depending on the theme selected, one or more of the following options may be available
in the lower-left corner of the dialog box:
n Vivid Colors: Use a brighter color scheme.
n Active Graphics: Determines whether any active graphics that the theme contains are
n Background Image: Turn this option off to use the theme without its background
Click OK three times to exit all dialog boxes.
To remove the default theme so that new messages are created without a theme, follow the
preceding steps and select No Theme in step 5.