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Adding Your BadgeCert Digital Badge to Outlook

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  1. Click on either of the links provided in the BadgeCert digital badge claim email to view your digital badge. (Indicated by thin blue arrows below.)
    An email with a blue arrow pointing to the link where the user can claim their BadgeCert.
  2. Your digital badge image and its corresponding URL will open on the BadgeCert website.
    The landing page where the user can claim their BadgeCert.
  3. Right click on the digital badge image and choose “save picture as” from the drop down menu.
    The menu that appears when you right-click on an image, with an arrow pointing to the "Save as" option
  4. Name the file (or keep the default name), and click “Save” to save it as a *.png file to your Desktop.
    The popup window where the user can save their BadgeCert picture.
  5. Copy the badge URL (highlighted in the image below) to a blank Notepad or Word file. Save that file to your Desktop. You will need that URL later in this process.
    A screen showing where to find the URL to the badge (located underneath the image of the badge).
  6. Click on “New Email” to open a new email message.
    A blue arrow pointing to the "New Email" button in Outlook.
  7. From the Message menu, select Signature -> Signatures.
    A blue arrow pointing to the "Messages" tab, with another pointing to the "Signatures" button
  8. Click on “New”.
    A screenshot of the Signatures popup window, with a blue arrow pointing to the "New" button
  9. In the New Signature text box, type a name for your signature, and click “OK”.
    A screenshot of the popup window asking for a name for this new signature
  10. The signature you just created will be highlighted in the “Select signature to edit” window. This will enable you to type the text and image/s associated with your signature in the “Edit signature” text box.
    A screenshot of the Signatures popup window, with a blue arrow pointing to the newly created signature and another blue arrow pointing to the field where the user can create their signature. Text over the latter says, "Signature Text & Images Go Here"
  11. Copy and paste any text that you would like to include in your signature into the “Edit signature” text box. Below is an example:
    An example of the text that could also be included in the signature, such as name, address, and contact information
  12. Place the cursor where you would like to place your digital badge image, and click on the “insert picture” button. Both are indicated by thin blue arrows below.
    A blue arrow pointing to the "insert picture" button on the righthand side of the popup.
  13. From the “Insert Picture” pop-up window, navigate to your desktop, or wherever you saved the digital badge image, and select it. It will appear in the “File name” text box. Then, click “Insert.”
    The popup window where the user can navigate to and select their BadgeCert image.
  14. The image of your digital badge now will appear in the “Edit signature” text box. Re-size as desired by dragging the corners of the image.
    The BadgeCert image in the signature text box, with blue arrows pointing to the corners where you can drag the image to make it larger or smaller.
  15. Select your digital badge image. Shown highlighted in grey below.
    The digital badge with a gray background, signifying that it has been selected.
  16. . Click on the “Insert Hyperlink” button. The “Insert Hyperlink” pop-up window will appear. In the “Address” text box below copy and paste the URL to your digital badge that you obtained in Step 5 above. Click “OK”.
    The "insert hyperlink" popup menu, where the user can insert the URL to their BadgeCert.
  17. The “Insert hyperlink” pop-up window will disappear.
    The Signatures popup window.
  18. To re-size (shrink) the digital badge image, right click on the image and click on “picture” from the drop down menu (indicated by blue arrow below).
    The popup menu that appears when you right-click the image. A blue arrow points to the bottom option, "Picture."
  19. Click on the “Size” tab.
    The Picture popup menu, with a blue arrow pointing to the "Size" tab
  20. In the “Scale” section, type 25 in the “Height” and “Width” text boxes. Then, click “Ok”. All indicated below with thin blue arrows.
    The "Size" submenu, with blue arrows pointing to the Width and Height fields, where the user should type in 25.
  21. You’ll see the digital badge image has shrunk.
    The final signature, with the BadgeCert image an appropriate size.
  22. The digital badge in your email signature now will have the associated meta-data. Those who click on the digital badge image in your email signature will be able to see the details regarding your digital badge on the BadgeCert website.
    A screenshot of the website where the linked BadgeCert image takes the user.