How to Create Electronic Business Cards

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Microsoft Outlook creates electronic business cards that are digital versions of paper business cards. You can send and receive these cards in an email as an attachment or as part of an email signature to customers and friends. You can save the electronic business cards to your desktop as a future reference without having to keep up with the stack of paper business cards you receive from clients, businesses and friends. Because everything is becoming digital, electronic business cards have become popular in the business world.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Outlook 2007
  • Open up Microsoft Outlook. Click “New” under “Contacts” to open a new contact.

  • Type a name for the contact under “Full Name.”

  • Use the appropriate fields to add more information. The business card does not have to contain the same information as the contact form.

  • Click on the “Contact” tab. Look under the “Options” setting and click on “Business Card.”

  • Add or remove information under the “Edit Business Card” dialog box. You can also change the card’s design. You can add information by clicking “Add” and choosing the field you wish to add, and you can remove information by clicking on the field and selecting “Remove.” To move field positions on the business card, simply click on the field and then click on the “Move Field Up” or “Move Field Down” arrows.

  • Create labels for information. Labels help to clarify the type of information on an electronic business card. Click on the field and then click “Left” or "Right” in the box under Edit. You can then type the label information in the Label box.

  • Change the text on the business card. Click on the formatting and style buttons under Edit. You will be able to resize text, add color to text and position the text.

  • Edit the design on the card further with the option located in the Edit Business Card dialog box. You can choose a layout, add a background, add and adjust image size and delete images.

  • Click “OK” when you finish creating your business card. If you click “Reset Card,” the card will go back to the default Outlook design.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add empty space between lines of information by clicking “Add” and then choose “Blank Line.”
  • Create your own custom field by choosing “Add” and then selecting “Custom.” Then, you can select one of the user field options, and then edit the text by selecting “Edit.”

References

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