Currently Being ModeratedDec 18, 2011 1:35 PM (in response to Gary P)
I figured it out, by reading other posts on the subject:
1. Customize your stationery template.
2. Send it to yourself. You won't be able to save it as a template at this point.
3. Get Mail. Open the email you just sent to yourself and click Reply.
4. Select the entire message body and Format->Quote Level->Decrease
5. Get rid of all extraneous text and re-address if necessary.
6. File->Save as Stationery will now work!
Sheesh! Did it really need to be this hard, Apple?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 9:21 PM (in response to crystalziggy)
Sorry to learn that the procedure didn't work for you. I think it's needlessly complex, and Apple ought to provide an easier way, but this did work for me on my Mac Pro under Lion. I summarized the instructions from a web search on the topic.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 10:05 PM (in response to Gary P)
Thanks for the reply Gary. Yes, why have the instructions that don't work? I am on 10.5.8. It even crashed when I pushed the see stationary button. I've been avoiding the new OS's. I'm unsure I have space for it? Not a techy, but I have 595 GB capacity with 310 available. Anyway, it was just a diversion to play with the templates after I saw the "what's new in mail" button....cheers
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 10:16 PM (in response to crystalziggy)
In this discussion, https://discussions.apple.com/message/16557781#16557781, the people experiencing the crashes were all running Leopard. Might be a Leopard problem? Maybe you don't want Lion, but have you considered the Snow Leopard upgrade?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 10:33 PM (in response to Gary P)
I will likely upgrade very soon, if my techy agrees. I made a typo, I have available 310.61 and used 285.24. I am slightly phobic when it comes to all this. I think I have room for another stick of ram, but that's all on this computer.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2012 2:03 PM (in response to Gary P)
Thanks, Gary, for the interesting idea but it won't work for me because the stationery I am trying to create contains a twenty address Bcc as part of my stationery. (That's the real reason I need this particular template). Following your instructions, I created a good "future" template and was just about to push the send button when I realized that twenty people will be getting a blank email from me. Not good as that tends to lower your "Sender Rating" with friends. ;-)
I don't know why this is so hard for Apple to do for us? Eudora did this so elegantly ten years ago.
It is virtually impossible to make an addressed template with an signature in Apple Mail. How wimpy!
Any ideas would be dearly appreciated.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2012 3:19 PM (in response to garygladstone)
That is an interesting thing to know. I suggest any and all who are interested in having Apple improve this situation contact Apple through their Mac OS X Feedback page: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html
I will do so also. You might want to reference this discussion in your feedback.