InsertsDefault font specifications: Font Name, Colour and Size
How to use it: This allows you to set a default font, size and colour for your stationery. When you click this button, you are first prompted to pick a colour. This is the colour that your text will appear on the screen when you use this stationery.
Next, the familiar replace dialog will appear. In the Search For: box make sure the word replace is present, then type the name of the font you desire into the Replace with: dialog and let it do its thing. That is: type Arial if you wish your stationery to have a default font of Arial, or type Tahoma for Tahoma, etc. I wish I could have made a pick list of fonts for you but this was the best I could do.
When choosing fonts, you can select any font you currently have installed on your system as the default font for that stationery. Bear in mind, however, that this, by itself, does not embed the font. People will only be able to see this font if they too have that particular font installed. To embed the font so that everyone who receives the message can view it as you intend, you must also make use of the Font Embed script. Please read the section on that script for further details on embedding fonts.
This button also determines the size of the font. I have set the default size to to 12 points, if a different size is desired, simply replace the 12 with the appropriate number.
When choosing the font name in the Replace dialog, you have more options than it might at first appear. If you are not embedding a font, you can take advantage of the style sheet and specify multiple fonts in case your recipient does not have your first choice of typeface.
To accomplish this, first use the Default Font option like normal. Once it has done it's thing and produced it's code, you can alter it to add more fonts. You do this by simply adding more font names, separated by commas to the line.
Before: font-family: Hoboken;
After: font-family: Lucida Handwriting, Brush Script MT, Hoboken;
What this does, is when Outlook Express loads the document it attempts to display the text in the first font specified. If it can't find that font, it moves on down the list until it finds a font that the user does have installed.
If it can't match any installed fonts to the ones specified in the list, then it will display the message in the user's default font.
Why would you wish to do this? Well, imagine you're working on stationery, and it just has to include your favourite font. If this is not a common font you can't count on many other people having it. By specifying multiple fonts in the code, you can attempt to ensure that the end viewer will at least see a font similar to the one you intend.
One final "trick" you can use when specifying fonts. All fonts installed on your system are divided into 5 groups: Cursive, Fantasy, Monospace, Serif, and Sans-Serif. If you specify one of these family names at the end of your font list in the code above, then even if the user has none of the fonts you picked installed, you can still influence the font that they see your message in. Try it!
Example: font-family: Lucida Handwriting, Brush Script MT, Hoboken, Fantasy;
Causes the Document font to be bold
Add to Style section of Document
How to use it: This option allows you to set the default font to bold for the entire document.
Causes the Document font to be Italicized
Add to Style section of Document
How to use it: This option sets your default font to Italics for the entire document.
Sets the Document to Centre Alignment
How to use it: This sets the font to center alignment for the entire document. Note this will also affect the placement of inserted images, and certain effects produced by scripts.
Sets the Document to RightAlignment
How to use it: This sets the font to right alignment for the entire document. Note this will also affect the placement of inserted images, and certain effects produced by scripts.