outlook messages personalization

How to insert your HTML into an email message and stop Outlook from messing it up

More than 1.1 billion people use Office. That’s 1 in 7 people on the planet. Microsoft Outlook is the go-to email client for business and a stunning number of users use it in everyday work. It is a very powerful email client, but sometimes this power is a shortcoming.

One such case is using Microsoft Outlook to send HTML-formatted newsletters or forms. “But Outlook allows me to create HTML-formatted messages using a lot of controls and styles,” you might say, and you would be 100% right. But as soon as you try to create an HTML message using special software and use the resulting HTML as a source for your message, you will be surprised: Outlook doesn’t allow you to use your own HTML source to build a message! “OK, but it is not a big problem” – you say, and again you may be right, because you can open the resulting HTML message using Internet Explorer and copy-n-paste the data through the clipboard into the Outlook message. Yes, this can be done, but there is a surprise waiting for you.

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Mail merge with attachments in Outlook

If you work in Microsoft Office and sometimes need to send out large, personalized mailings, you probably know that the basic package provides the essential means to achieve this task. The Mail Merge feature, introduced in Word 2002, has proven to be an invaluable tool for performing this type of business correspondence for a stupendous number of people.

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Personalized mailing from Outlook

Composing a personalized email in Outlook has always been one of the most effective and refined ways of conducting daily business with a large number of email recipients. This article will show you how to send personalized mail in Outlook using a couple of handy add-ins for the Microsoft Office suite.

Outlook’s personalized messages allow you to have a single task-specific email message or a text document which can be sent to any number of recipients and contain individual details in any field of the resulting message. This is called “personalized email message” or “personalized mass mailing” in Outlook’s context.

A basic example for sending personalized mass mail in Outlook would be any scenario involving a large number of known recipients who are going to receive roughly the same letter. Job-hunting candidates, corporate clientele, staff members, school reunion participants, marriage guests – all these people obviously have different first and last names, home addresses and other individual information.

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