Adding .VCF file to Outlook auto-signature

datePosted on 14:53, January 31st, 2012 by headgeek

So, last week I mentioned how to create a virtual business card to share with people.

This week I will show how to create, in Outlook, an auto signature block that includes the .vcf file from last week.

Start by opening a new message in Outlook.  Most versions of Outlook will include a button labeled ‘Signature’.  Hovering over this button will present an option of selecting signatures already saved to choose from or an option to create more. This is the option we are looking for.

Personally, for me, I removed all the other signatures I had saved and created a new one, using the buttons on the new window that opened up.  Once the new and empty signature is created, I located the ‘Business Card’ button above the edit box.  Browsed to where the .vcf file was saved on the computer, selected it and saved the signature.

Now when I send a new message using this Outlook client, this signature block is used and the .vcf is included. If the recipient is reading the message with outlook, the virtual business card will be displayed. Other clients, such as Thunderbird may or may not display the .vcf as a card in the message. But it will be available as an attachment for importing into a contact manager.  If I am replying ot an existing message, the signature block is not included.  The options for these settings are in the upper right corner of the signature edit window and can be set for each signature, individually.  As an example, my signature for replies is much simpler and just includes my name, company name, phone number and a reply to e-mail address.

If you are having difficulties with these instructions, or are not using Outlook and would like similar functionality, please contact me here, at Indy’s Computer Geek, or as detailing the difficulties you are having and I will try to help.

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