Setting Up Signatures in Outlook

Many companies require a specific signature at the bottom of emails. Even if it isn’t mandated, it’s nice to have. Often, your IT professional will set this up for you when you have a new Outlook account. But sometimes your information changes.

There are also some cases where you may want to use a different signature for specific situations. For example, A lot of users have multiple inboxes. An accounting clerk may be responsible for two email inboxes. This person might have an inbox with their name as their email address, and another more generic email account such as Accounts Payable. This user may want a separate signature for each inbox.

Although we don’t mind making those updates for you, you may want to know how to do it yourself. It’s easy! Here’s how:


Your Information

First off, what kind of information should you add to the end of an email? This is entirely up to you and/or your company.  At a minimum, I recommend your name, company name, and main office phone. You may also want to include your mobile phone number, website address, logo, or other information.

Finding the Signature Setup Window

There are at least a couple of ways to access your signatures in Outlook.

Through the File menu

  • In Outlook, click File at the top left.


  • Then click Options


  • Select Mail on the left

  • Click Signatures, located under Compose Messages


Open it through a new Email window


  • Select New Email at the top left of the main Outlook screen.

New Email

  • Choose the Insert Tab


  • Then select the drop-down arrow next to Signature

Signature Drop Down

  • Then select Signatures



The Signature Window

In the Signature window, you will see a list of existing signatures on the top left of the screen.

List of Signatures

On the top right, you can choose which email address (if you have multiple accounts) that is associated with the selected signature.

Default Email

Below that, you can choose which signature you may want for new messages and for replies/forwards.

New And Replies

The bottom half of the screen is your editing window.


Create a New Signature

For this example, I will create a new signature to use when replying to an email thread that already exists. This signature will not need to be as formal or include as much information.

  • Select New under the signature list.


  • Give it a name.

Name Your Signature

  • Create your signature in the editing box. Here you can change the font, text color, and size. You can also include a Business card from your address book. (Stay tuned… I will cover this topic in a future blog post.)


  • Save your work.


  • With this signature, I want it to work with replies and forwards, but not new messages. So I will select the new signature under the Replies/forwards drop-down box.

Reply Forward

  • Click Ok and you’re good to go!


Give it a try!

See? That was easy. Go ahead and give it a try.

A bit of caution: Please make sure that you stay within your companies’ guidelines when creating signatures. Be sure to always represent your company is a courteous and professional manner.


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