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Hello,

I have setup a signature for myself using Adobe Fireworks.  I basically have a PNG file and an corresponding HTML file.  The HTML file adds links to the PNG file, so if the recipient of my signature clicks on my name it will automatically go to my website.  The PNG file is on my web server, so the HTML file has a source link to the PNG file on my web server.  So anybody who opens the email, the actual signature image will download from my webserver.  So all I have to do is just paste that HTML file in the Signatures folder of Outlook (c:\documents and settings\<user>\application data\microsoft\signatures).

In Outlook 2003 I have no problems with this type of signature.  I basically just have the HTML file in the Outlook signatures folder and all the links work perfectly fine on the PNG file.  So if I send an email to my Gmail account using Outlook 2003, I can open the email and click on all the links in my signature.

In Outlook 2007 I am having some issues.  The signature file loads up and everything, meaning my PNG file successfully loads from my web server, but the links in it dont work.  For some reason Outlook 2007 strips or disables the links in the HTML file and only downloads the PNG file.  

Does anybody know how or why this is happening in Outlook 2007?  Is there an option to enable HTML links or something like that?

Thanks.
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Thanks for the article, it answers my questions.  Wow....that kind of sucks, so basically there is nothing I can do about it.  Like there is no workaround or anything?
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I think in 2010 they have changed those settings so you can embed again
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Office 2010 sounds like it might be your fix for that problem.
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Really?  I added the signature to Outlook 2010 to test it and seems to also remove the hyperlinks in my signature image.  Do you know if there is an option somewhere in Outlook 2010 to choose IE as your email editor?  Or an option to get this signature to work?
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Sorry IE has been changed to Word for the editior.  I know office 2000 and 2003 used IE but 2007 and 2010 use word .  There is a developer tab in outlook that might help you out.  Click File, click options, click customize ribbon, to the right side of the window check the box that has developer. Click ok you should see this tab above and also in new messages.  
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Ok.  Yeah, there is nothing really helpful in the developer tab for the issue I am having.  I downloaded and installed the MS Validater tool in the link you posted above.  I checked my HTML file for any incompatibilities with MS Word 2007 using MS Sharepoint Designer 2007 and it did not give me many incompatibility issues with my code.  Especially where I specify the coordinates in the PNG image which are hyperlinks (hotspots).  

According to the article posted above any incompatibilities with MS Word 2007 are underlined in red, I only see certain styles in my HTML file that underlined in red.  So technically the links should work, just don't exactly know why.  Any thoughts?
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Thanks for the info!
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