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Solved: easy way to create signature file with image

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I had a hard time figuring out how to create a Thunderbird signature containing an image. The method outlined in Mozilla support does NOT work properly, because you can't control the placement of the image.

So, here's how to do it using MS Word (I have an older version, but almost any version should work):

1. Create a new, blank Word document. 2. Type in and format the text you want to use in your signature – font, size, bold/italic, alignment, etc. (You might want to avoid using tabs … I’m not sure if they’ll work.) 3. Click the insert tab on Word’s menu, navigate to the photo you want to use, and insert it. (Also, I’ve read that the png photo format works better than jpg for this type of thing.) 4. Right-click the photo and choose “text wrapping – tight.” That will let you move the photo around by dragging it, and the text will wrap automatically. 5. To resize the photo if necessary, hold down the shift key while dragging a corner of the image. (Don’t make it larger – you’ll get jaggies. Instead, start with a larger version if necessary. 6. Right-click the photo, choose “format picture,” then select line color, then select solid. This will put a thin line around the photo, which usually looks better. 7. When you’re happy with the text and photo, save your changes but keep the document open. 8. Click somewhere in the text, and hit control-a (select all). Then hit control-c (copy). 9. Create a new, blank message in Thunderbird. Click in the body of the message, and hit control-v (paste). That will (hopefully) produce the same image, text and formatting that was in your Word document. 10. If it looks the way you want, go to Thunderbird’s file menu and choose “save as/files …/html files.” This will save it in HTML format. Save it somewhere on your computer where you’ll be able to find it. 11. Go to Thunderbird’s settings menu, and in the “signatures” section on the first page, choose “attach the signature from a file instead.” Navigate to and select the html file you just created. 12. Hit OK … and you should be done. The next time you create a new message in Thunderbird, the signature will be added.

The signature in the attached image was created using this method

I had a hard time figuring out how to create a Thunderbird signature containing an image. The method outlined in Mozilla support does NOT work properly, because you can't control the placement of the image. So, here's how to do it using MS Word (I have an older version, but almost any version should work): 1. Create a new, blank Word document. 2. Type in and format the text you want to use in your signature – font, size, bold/italic, alignment, etc. (You might want to avoid using tabs … I’m not sure if they’ll work.) 3. Click the insert tab on Word’s menu, navigate to the photo you want to use, and insert it. (Also, I’ve read that the png photo format works better than jpg for this type of thing.) 4. Right-click the photo and choose “text wrapping – tight.” That will let you move the photo around by dragging it, and the text will wrap automatically. 5. To resize the photo if necessary, hold down the shift key while dragging a corner of the image. (Don’t make it larger – you’ll get jaggies. Instead, start with a larger version if necessary. 6. Right-click the photo, choose “format picture,” then select line color, then select solid. This will put a thin line around the photo, which usually looks better. 7. When you’re happy with the text and photo, save your changes but keep the document open. 8. Click somewhere in the text, and hit control-a (select all). Then hit control-c (copy). 9. Create a new, blank message in Thunderbird. Click in the body of the message, and hit control-v (paste). That will (hopefully) produce the same image, text and formatting that was in your Word document. 10. If it looks the way you want, go to Thunderbird’s file menu and choose “save as/files …/html files.” This will save it in HTML format. Save it somewhere on your computer where you’ll be able to find it. 11. Go to Thunderbird’s settings menu, and in the “signatures” section on the first page, choose “attach the signature from a file instead.” Navigate to and select the html file you just created. 12. Hit OK … and you should be done. The next time you create a new message in Thunderbird, the signature will be added. The signature in the attached image was created using this method

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…you can't control the placement of the image…
Why not use a table?