How to Insert a Logo With a Hyperlink Into a Hotmail Signature

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Email signatures are a useful, convenient way to promote yourself and your business. Often people use the signature space to add their contact information, name and job title. Because Hotmail supports HTML and rich text formatting, however, you are not limited to plain text signatures. You can also insert hyperlinks and images so you can display your company logo along with a link to your website or other information you think is important.

  • Find a picture that is available on the Web that you would like to use as your Hotmail signature. You cannot use a picture directly from your hard drive. If this is your own logo, you must upload the file to a server such as a Web host and get the URL for Step 2 that way.

  • Right-click the picture and copy its Web address (such as by clicking a command that says "Copy image location" in Firefox). If you view the picture directly and its Web address appears in the browser location bar (such as "http://website.xxx/picture.jpg"), click it with the mouse, right-click and click "Copy" to copy the URL to the clipboard.

  • Sign in to your Windows Live Hotmail account. When the Windows Live home page loads, click "Hotmail" on the menu at the top of the page.

  • Click "Options" near the top right of the Hotmail page, below your profile name. A drop-down menu will appear. Click "More Options."

  • Click "Personalize Email Signature" under "Writing Email." A box with an editing toolbar will appear containing various formatting options.

  • Click the drop-down list on the rightmost of the toolbar next to the letter "A" underlined in a red color.

  • Select "Edit HTML"

  • Enter the code <a href=""><img src=""></a> in the email signature box.

  • Enter the Web address you want your signature to link to in the <a href> code as follows:

    <a href="&lt;img">http://yourwebsite">&lt;img src=""></a>

  • Click between the quotes in the <img src> tag and press and hold "Ctrl" and then press "V" to paste the picture's Web address into the HTML code, which should now look like:

    <a href="&lt;img">http://yourwebsite">&lt;img src="&lt;/a">http://yourpicture">&lt;/a>

  • Click the "Save" button below the signature box.

  • Hover the mouse over "Hotmail" on the menu. Select "Send Email." A new message window will open, showing the picture in your email signature.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not want a borderline to appear around the image when it is sent, add the code border="0" in the <img> tag to make the border invisible. This may prevent people from realizing that your signature has a hyperlink in it, however.
  • If you have trouble editing the code in the "Edit HTML" mode, type the complete code in a text editor like Notepad and copy-paste it to the signature box instead.

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