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Learning Scripting using Outlook Express
Written By Jeanie Huppert

A great tutorial, to use for the background image  " ~TWISTER2 TUTORIAL" written by Charlotte Johnson





Hmmm, so you wanna learn how to do scripts for Outlook Express? It's not as difficult as you think  but it does take time. Do you want to take the extra time to learn scripts? That depends on what kind of stationery you wanna make. Do you want the basic stationery every dang time or do you wanna grow wif da utters?
 

Let's say ya wanna use Outlook Express to create a stationery. Shucks, you can slap a couple of scripts to a new message in Outlook Express and "Wa La" You have made yourself a perty stationery :-)
 
 

Let's Get Started

Let's play around fer a few mintes so I can show ya sumptin dat will knock yur socks off if you are new to dis Stuff :-)
Here is a a zip file of a couple scripts that are going around da net.   Create a new folder and name it, "All Scripts"  Example, " C:\All Scripts " Unzip these scripts to C:\All scripts folder Scripts

1. Open Outlook Express ----> Click on "Create Mail" to open a new message 

2. On the bottom of the "new message' you should see 3 tabs that say, "Edit", "Source" and " Preview" if you don't see this, go to the top and select,  View---> place a check on "Source Edit". Also check, All Headers and Status Bar.
 
 

3.When you select the tab, "Source" you will see a basic HTML tag .

Shucks, we dunt wanna write no plain ol message wif black text do we? Shucks NO!!! This is where the fun begins :-)

4.  Click on the tab, "Edit" so we can get started. On the top, go to "Format--->Backround-->Picture---> Clcik "Browse" and browse to
     C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery or the folder where you saved the background image..Double clcik on the name of the image file ----> Click "OK"

5.Now let's take a look at what we have now and I will try to susplain it to ya Lucy :-)  You can make changes here . Click on the tab, "Source"
 

1. Background color
2. Background image  --> Your image path can be seen here
3. Font you have selected
4.Font Color
5.Font Size
6. Now let's add a color scrollbar so we can perty this up a bit :-)
1.Right click on Start--->Go to Explore--Scroll to C:\All Scripts---->double click on the text file,
" colorborder_scrollbar   to open it.

2.  You can change the Border Color code and the width of the border (10 px ) while you have the text file open for the script. Here is where you make the changes 

Once you have the changes, go to "Edit--->Select All----> Edit--->Copy...  (close this text file and answer "NO" to save the changes)


7. Go back to the Outlook Express NEW Message  you have been working on. Click on the "Source" tab and place the cursor after the
ending "</Style>" tag and before the,"</ HEAD>" tag. Right click and select "Paste" to paste the tag for the "Color border and scrollbar".


 

After inserting the Script for the Color Scrollbar, it should look like this  when you click on "Edit"

 Click on "Preview" to view your new addition :-) You should now see your colored Borders and scrollbar.




8. Now Let's add a Ticker message Script that will show on the bottom of your stationary on the Status bar. We are going to do the same steps as we did for the scrollbar EXCEPT we will insert the Script\HTML code for the Ticker message in a didderent part of the script:-)

A.Right click on Start--->Go to Explore--Scroll to C:\All Scripts---->double click on the text file, "ticker" 
B. It will open in "Notepad"..  Change the text that is highlighted here in the screenshot to your own personal message

C. Once you have the changes, go to "Edit--->Select All----> Edit--->Copy...  (close this text file and answer "NO" to save the changes)

D. Go back to the Outlook Express NEW Message  you have been working on. Click on the "Source" tab and place the cursor after the, "</BODY>" and Before the, "</HTML>" tags.

E. With the Cursor in the proper place, right click and select, "Paste". The script should now look like this

F. Click on "Preview" to view your ticker message in your Email message :-)

9. Let's add some perty music to your creation :-)  Click on the tab,"Edit".  On the Top, go to Format---->Background---->Sound

     Click on the "BROWSE" button and browse to the folder of your midi's or "wav" files. if you are going to use a MIDI file,  click on    the Down arrow by, "Files of type"and select "MIDI Files". Double click on the midi\wav file and select"OPEN"..Click "OK"




10. Now click on "Preview" to view your creation with your music :-) Outlook Express has inserted the HTML path for the inserted music :-)

11.   Before you type your message and send this to your friends, Let's save all this hard work in a stationery HTM\HTML file because if you send it now, it's not saved :-( Waaaaaaaaaaa..All dat hard work puttin dis together for nutter? Ain't no Way!!!
 

1. Click on "Source"--->on the top, go to EDIT---->Select ALL---EDIT---COPY

2. Start--->Programs--->Accessories---Notepad (or Wordpad)

3. With Notepad opened, go to Edit--->Paste. to paste your script into Notepad

4. Delete the top line and also delete the "Meta Tags"

5.  Your Script should look similar to this

6. File--->Save as--->

Save in: Scroll to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery

File name:  name the stationery HTML file and add .htm or .html to the end

Save as Type: Click on the down arrow and select, " ALL TYPES"

Click "Save" to save it


 
 

There are many scripts in the Zip file Have fun playing :-) To add this Color Clock Script, click on the clock

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