From IncrediMail to Windows Mail or Outlook Express
There's a lot of great stationery available for both Windows Mail or Outlook Express and IncrediMail (dubbed "letters" in IncrediMail). Often, the selection of wonderful stationery is bigger than the amount of email anybody can write.
But what if the one, your favorite, the absolute, the ultimate stationery is available only as an IncrediMail letter? Fortunately, you can use any IncrediMail letter with Windows Mail or Outlook Express.
Use IncrediMail Letters as Stationery for Windows Mail or Outlook Express
To use an IncrediMail letter with Windows Mail or Outlook Express:
- Create a new message using the letter in IncrediMail.
- Save the message as a draft.
- Go to the Drafts folder in IncrediMail.
- Highlight the message you have just saved in the list.
- Now select File | Save As... from the menu.
- Make sure you use the Mail (*.eml) format.
- Save the message to a folder (probably the Desktop).
- Now open the .eml file in a text editor (Notepad will do fine).
- Add the following line at the top of the file:
- Make sure "X-Unsent: 1" (without the quotes) is on a line of its own.
- Save the file.
Now you can use the resulting .eml file like any other Windows Mail or Outlook Express stationery in EML format.
Transfer Not Working?
If you have Cumulative Security Update for Outlook Express (911567) installed, make sure you also get and enable the KB918766 package for .eml stationery to work. After installing the update, you can use this registry file to set the necessary values: Select Run... from the Start menu, type "regedit" and click OK. Now select File | Import... from the menu in Registry Editor and open zenable_eml_stationery.reg.
Use IncrediMail Letters as Regular Windows Mail or Outlook Express Stationery
With a bit of effort, you can also save IncrediMail letters as regular Windows Mail or Outlook Express stationery:
- Send yourself a message using the IncrediMail letter.
- Save the message as stationery in Windows Mail or Outlook Express.
- You may have to do a lot of manual repair in the HTML file:
- Save the hidden attachments (background images and sounds, animations and other graphics) using plain text only view.
- Replace references to attachments (which look like "cid:001d01c65f11$387f56f0$bf03460a@default") with the actual file names ("background.jpg", for example). You can find out which attachment corresponds to which ID by taking a look at the source of the message you saved as stationery in Windows Mail or Outlook Express.