Stationary: Navigator Communicator 4.51 (Saved as Template)
Window 95, 98 & NT Operating System
Location: Left Side of Navigator Mail under Templates Folder
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Stationary is a template with Navigator Communicator and is a web page or html document. You can create with html editor and then save as a template.  These instructions are for those that only have "Navigator Communicator New Messages" to create in, which quite frankly is very versatile.

Stationary is a Microsoft term. Templates are really what predefined html documents are.
Foreground or Body: Add text, define styles, sizes and pictures. Set up like a form letter with beginning, paragraph  returns and Salutations. Keep in mind that the recipient must have the designated typestyles and dingbat fonts on their machine or it will revert to their default fonts.  Most default fonts are either Times New Roman or Mac users have Times.  If you use Arial which is the most likely on PCs, Mac users will see Times because their equivalent to Arial is Helvetica which PCs normally don't have therefore can't specify without coding.  When a template is called, it will have all the background, pictures and text in the saved file.  The paragraph returns allows space that you insert unique data including deleting the paragraph spacing.  Greeting Cards, Business Stationary and Form letters can be created. When adding text to existing template will create a unique message and won't affect the saved stationary unless your overwrite the original.
Background: The picture normally a jpg or gif file will be tiled. Tiled means that the picture is repeated over the entire page. Bmp pictures are avoided because of excessive memory size. Tiling is more efficient transmission than a solid picture because once loaded on the recipients cpu, it can use the speed of the cpu to complete the tiling procedure. Background is like selecting a special paper to put your art work on or a pre printed template to add text and other pictures. If you use a single logo for your background, you must understand that the picture will be inserted in the left upper most corner of the background. If you need spacing you will have to add it to the top and left side of the picture while in your paint program before saving. No spacing available for a background.  

How to Create Stationary Template
1. Copy the pictures you will use for your background and Body to the above Stationary Folder. 

Open Navigator Inbox:
Next Select: menu "Message", 
select "New Message".

Note: the left side of the inbox has a list of Directories that hold certain type of files.  When you save your message as a template, it will be in the "Templates" directory identified by what you inserted as subject. Select "Templates" will change the form on the right to include a list of Templates to choose from. To Open Double click the template of choice.

On Composition Form 
Select Menu "Insert", 
then select "Image".


To Select the picture you want to use. "Choose File" button browses for the file and inserts in "Image location" when found
Click "Original Size" button. Check "Use as Background" if you want the entire page filled with repeated pictures. Texture pictures are small repeated patterns resembling brick, canvas, rock, wood, etc. and are acceptable backgrounds The small ones are easier to transfer and load.   Avoid patterns that interfere with the reading of the text. Forget about text alignment and wrapping.  I couldn't get it to work like it appears it would. Space around image seems to be worthless if the text doesn't wrap. You apparently need only a couple of entries on this form. Too bad they made it look so complicated.

View with Logo added
Since I already added the logo (above), I entered the name, address and phone in 10 point Arial Bold and inserted a horizontal line from "Insert", "Horizontal Line".  The rest of the form is evident leaving space for me to insert my cursor next to the "Dear" and inserting the body of the message. (really not necessary but used to graphically illustrate). I also linked my email address by selecting "", right clicked mouse, menu appears, select "Link", new dialog, insert "" to code for email command.
Web site likewise was selected, right mouse click, select "Link" and coded; "" for Internet site connection.

You probably won't be linking, but you can obviously see the advantage of creating a similar template for Cards, Announcements, Business Forms. etc. With a template, I don't have to worry about forgetting something. You can also delete some or all from the template if to your advantage and the original form will return as long as you don't overwrite it.  If you need more detail, find and install a regular html editor like FrontPage.

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