Signatures in HTML emails

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How do you stop Outlook 2007 / Word from constantly injecting crud into the background code for email signatures/templates please? I have to keep stripping away the code every few months, as the template gets too big! There's about 4 small paragraphs within the actual text, but it regularly gets close to well over 1,000 lines of code!! An example of just *some* of it is below. Any help really appreciated. Chris

<html xmlns:eek:="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice"
xmlns="HTML 4.01 Specification">

<meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<meta name=ProgId content=Word.Document>
<meta name=Generator content="Microsoft Word 12">
<meta name=Originator content="Microsoft Word 12">
<link rel=themeData href="TOF%20-%20This%20One_files/themedata.thmx">
<link rel=colorSchemeMapping
<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml>
<m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/>
<m:brkBin m:val="before"/>
<m:brkBinSub m:val="--"/>
<m:smallFrac m:val="off"/>
<m:lMargin m:val="0"/>
<m:rMargin m:val="0"/>
<m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/>
<m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/>
<m:intLim m:val="subSup"/>
<m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/>
</xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml>
<w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="true"
DefSemiHidden="true" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99"
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="0" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Normal"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="heading 1"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 2"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 3"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 4"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 5"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 6"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 7"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 8"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 9"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 1"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 2"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 3"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 4"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 5"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 6"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 7"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 8"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 9"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="35" QFormat="true" Name="caption"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="10" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Title"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="1" Name="Default Paragraph Font"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="11" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtitle"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="22" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Strong"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="20" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Emphasis"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="59" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Table Grid"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Placeholder Text"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="1" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="No Spacing"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false"
UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List"/>
<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false"
The code in the signature file is 'normal' but it shouldn't all be included in the message when it's sent. Editing it out of the signature's HTML file can result in a corrupt signature (as can using signatures created in older versions of office. BTDT.) Only the fonts and style definitions sections that are different from the document will be included in the message.
Thanks Diane. Is there any way of stopping the unwanted crud being continually and constantly added to the file?
No, but it shouldn't be added unless you open the signature and edit it - then everything is written back to the file. The HTML file shouldn't be huge - mine are around 50KB for a few lines of text.
What you might do, is to send an email to yourself (with your signature of course) and then see how large the received file is. Also, you can open the received email and see all the "code" within it (including headers).
Maybe it's not so large?
Good idea. :) This is a blank message - nothing but my signature in it. The html file for the signature has all of the junk that is in the original post.

<html xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" xmlns:w="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word"
xmlns:m="" xmlns=""><head>
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=us-ascii">
<meta name=Generator content="Microsoft Word 15 (filtered medium)"><style><!--
/* Font Definitions */
{font-family:"Cambria Math";
panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4;}
panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;}
/* Style Definitions */
p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal
a:link, span.MsoHyperlink
a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed
@page WordSection1
{size:8.5in 11.0in;
margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}
--></style></head><body lang=EN-US link="#0563C1" vlink="#954F72">
<div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><b>
<span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:navy'>-- </span></b>
<span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:navy'>
Diane Poremsky </span></b><span style='color:navy'><br></span>
<span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif'><a href="">
<span style='color:blue'></span></a></span>
<span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:navy'><br>
<b><i>CDOLive LLC - <br></i></b></span>
<b><i><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#002060'>
The Microsoft Messaging and Collaboration Application Experts <br></span></i>
</b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif'>
<a href="" target="_blank">
<span style='color:blue'></span></a> -
<a href="" target="_blank">
<span style='color:blue'></span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif'>
<a href="">
<span style='color:blue'></span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class=MsoNormal><u><o:p><span style='text-decoration:none'>&nbsp;</span></o:p></u></p>
<p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p></div></body></html>
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