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How to add Social Networking Buttons to Your Email Signature in Outlook


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1st Task: Downloading the Icons to Your Desktop

  1. Go to http://www.iconarchive.com/category/social-network/web-2-icons-by-fasticon.html.

  2. Click on the name of the icon you want to download.
  3. Choose the size you want by clicking on the size underneath of the icon.
  4. The icon will open up by itself in a new window. Right click on it and select Save Image As.
  5. Save the icon to your desktop so that it you can find it easily. Click Save.

Repeat steps 1-5 for each icon you want to add to your signature.

2nd Task: Add to Outlook

  1. In Outlook, go to the Tools drop down menu and select Options.
  2. Click on the Mail Format tab then Signatures.
  3. In the Signatures and Stationary window, click on New.
  4. Name your new signature then click OK.
  5. After you have added the text of your signature, click on the Picture Icon.
  6. In the Insert Picture window, navigate to your Desktop and select the first icon you wish to add. Click Insert.
  7. To add the web address (URL) to this icon, click on the icon to select it and then click on the Insert Hyperlink Icon.
  8. In the Address bar, type the URL (don’t forget the http://) of the social media site that corresponds with the icon you have selected. Click OK.

Repeat steps 5-8 for the rest of the buttons you want to add to your signature.

Last Task: Assign and save.

  1. When you are done adding buttons, click Save but DO NOT yet click OK.
  2. Make sure your email address appears in the “E-mail account” window and then use the drop downs to select the name of the signature you just created for “New messages” and “Replies/forwards” now click OK.

Congrats! You are all done. Now you are ready to start promoting your sites to everyone you email. Make sure you measure how many friends/fans/followers/subscribers, etc. you have before you start sending mail with your buttons so you can see how much having the buttons helps increase traffic to your sites!

Happy networking!

March 18, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

9 Comments »

  1. My outlook does not allow me to assign and save the final steps.

    Comment by john | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. It is the 2003 version, is this doable? Thanks.

    Comment by john | May 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Yes it should still work. Can you send me a screen shot of the last step you can get to? You can email it to me at akstout@sayingitsocial.com. Thanks!

      Comment by akstout18 | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hi,
    it all works fine, but when I compile a new email the icon is there but I have to press Ctrl + Click to go to Twitter.
    Any ideas how I can make it work just by clicking the icon?
    It’s definitely the easiest answer I have found so far, Great job.
    Thanks,
    Anthony

    Comment by Anthony Cook | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. But How to add in Gmail Account setting …
    I m not using Outlook

    So how to add without outlook ??????

    Comment by PAtole Rahul | January 28, 2011 | Reply

    • I use WiseStamp for my Gmail – it’s great! http://www.wisestamp.com/ Check it out and let me know how it works for you.

      Comment by akstout18 | January 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. My outlook lets me add the photos and save. But when I send the email out the icons look fuzzy and not sleek like they are supposed to. Why is this happening?

    Comment by alana | March 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Could have to do with the resolution of the images and what type of images files they are. They can look one way from the site and then look fuzzy in Outlook – I have seen that happen before. If you are having that problem with the icons from imagearchive – try some of the other icons on that site or go to compfight.com or google images for your icons.

      Comment by akstout18 | March 15, 2011 | Reply


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