How to set up multiple signatures in Gmail

By default, Gmail (or Google Mail) allows for applying only one signature to your new email messages or replies. Although this solution seems to be sufficient when private correspondence is taken into account, it is not necessarily a desirable scenario in case of business communication.

If you have already had a chance to work with Microsoft Outlook, you perhaps noticed that it offers a convenient option of using multiple signatures that can be selected depending on a situation. In this article, you will find out how to achieve a similar effect in Gmail.
The tricky part of the setting is that you need to activate a Gmail extension called Canned Responses. As soon as the Canned Response lab is active, you will be able to create and save as many new signatures as you need.

Note: If you are using a signature that automatically appears in your every new email, it is better and more convenient to switch it off before you start using Canned Responses.
Let see how to find the Canned Responses option in Gmail settings and how to switch it on.

Activating Canned Responses

To activate the Canned Responses tab, log in to your Gmail account and go to Gmail settings (gear icon) located on the top right corner of the main Gmail account window:

Canned responses Gmail - settings

In the Settings view, access the Advanced tab located on the right-hand side of the window as presented below. Next, go to the Canned Responses section and click Enable:

How to turn canned responses in Gmail - advanced settings

Once the Canned Responses option has been enabled, save the changes:

Creating canned responses

Ok, now you can create your first canned response. To create it, you need to go to the main view of the Inbox and click the Compose button to open a new message window.

Compose a new message
In the new message window, compose your signature. You can make use of available formatting tools to make your signature more attractive or you can use one of those free email signature generators to simplify the process.

Once your signature is ready, click the down arrow icon to show up more options (step 1 in the picture below) and then Canned Reponses>New canned response:

Create a new canned response directly in the new message body.

In the resulting window, please enter a name for your new canned response and click OK:

Give a name to your new canned response.

That’s it! Now you can check whether your canned response has been created properly. To check it, click the More options icon and select Canned responses again – you should see your newly created response on the list:

Our new signature is on the list of canned responses.

Now you can repeat this procedure as many times as you need. Once all canned responses have been prepared, you will be able to a select one of them each time you compose a new email message.

Take a look at all canned responses.

To remove a canned response from the list, simply click on the selected response under the Delete section and in the resulting window confirm that you want to remove it (in the screenshot above, there are three sections: Insert, Save and Delete).
If you want to create more sophisticated email signatures or you want to manage them centrally for an entire organization without bothering end users, you can consider deploying a third-party tool such as CodeTwo Email Signatures.

Suggested reading

See how to add social media buttons in your email signature.       Use CodeTwo Email Signatures to manage signatures in Gmail.

23 thoughts on “How to set up multiple signatures in Gmail

    1. Milena Madej Post author

      Hi Anthony,

      For more options, click the down arrow symbol in the lower right corner of the New message window. In the article, I have already modified the description to match the image better.

      Thank you for pointing this out to me.


  1. Chris

    Thanks for this, very useful.
    However, when I enter my phone numbers into my signature, then re-open the signature to check, it has made hyperlinks out of both my phone numbers. I remove them on both and save, but every time they return.
    Any suggestions?

    1. Kamil Glaser

      Hi Chris,
      Check your settings>Chat tab and if there is an option to disable outbound voice calling, check it. The problem is, that often it is your recipient’s email client (especially on mobiles) that automatically changes numbers into hyperlinks and there is not much you can do about it. Unless you convert your phone number into an image.

    1. Kamil Glaser

      Hi Irene,
      Sorry, but while Gmail offers many keyboard shortcuts and even has a lab for editing them (Custom keyboard shortcuts), there is no hotkey for canned responses.

  2. Cher Holton

    You are my hero! I have been wishing I could do this forever — and on a whim typed the question into Google and got your directions. You have just made me EXTREMELY happy! Thank you so much!!

  3. Scott Walker

    I’ve noticed that if I try to use an image file as part of my signature (I’ve tried both JPEG and GIF) when I insert the canned response into a new message a placeholder box appears for the image but not the image itself. I tried sending myself an email and the image box shows up with the broken image icon. Is this a limitation of the canned response feature that it cannot process images?

  4. crystal

    Hi. This is GREAT Thank you! One problem though. I named my signatures “LA” “NYC” and “Both” and when I insert the canned response, it puts the name of the canned response in my Subject Heading. Is there a way to make it not do that?

    1. Kamil Glaser

      Hi Crystal,
      Canned responses should only insert their name in the subject line if you have not entered any subject yet. Please try adding a subject before choosing the canned response and the subject should not change then. Currently, it is the only solution, as canned responses do not offer much in terms of configuration.

  5. Fran

    I have read all these wonderful replies, but I cannot find the “Lab” tab on the Settings. All the other tabs are there, but not that one! It simply isn’t there. I turned off the signature in regular settings, that has been turned on, so that isn’t the problem.

    Thank you, I hope to hear from someone.

    1. Kamil Glaser

      Hi Fran,
      Gmail’s layout has recently changed. The canned responses option has been moved from the Lab tab to the Advanced tab. The screenshots reflect those changes now. Thank you for the mention!

  6. Milt

    This was very helpful!!! Took me a few minutes to figure out how to actually add the text – dumb me, I just had to read your instructions more carefully – my Mom always said, “Haste makes waste…” 😉

    1. Kamil Glaser

      As far as I know, the default Android’s Gmail app does not have the canned responses feature. To set up multiple signatures in Gmail you would need to use a dedicated app or to access your gmail account via browser.


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