Find out the location of Outlook email signatures and how to back them up

Find out the location of Outlook email signatures and how to back them up

[Update] This article was first published on July 09, 2013. It begged for a major update, so we did it.

Outlook signature location & backup

The Outlook email signature location depends on which Outlook you’re dealing with. In this article, I’ll list the possible locations of Outlook signatures and show you how to back up and restore them.

Outlook email signature location

The exact location of email signatures depends on the type of Outlook and the OS you’re using.

Outlook for Windows

’Classic’ Outlook for Windows stores signatures in the following locations:

For any Windows after Vista (Windows 11, Windows 10 included): C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures

If, for some reason, you forgot to keep up with technology, the location for Windows XP is as follows: C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures

NOTE: If your Windows language setting is other than English, the path will be your language equivalent of the above, e.g. (Dutch): C:\Gebruikers\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Handtekeningen

You can access the signatures’ location either by pasting the appropriate path into the Windows File Explorer address bar (marked orange below):

Outlook email signature location Windows

You can also go to the File tab on the program’s ribbon > Options > Mail. Then, hold CTRL and click the Signatures button, which will take you directly to the signature folder location:

Outlook for Windows signature options

In case of the new Outlook for Windows or the classic Outlook for Windows with signature cloud settings on, signatures are no longer stored locally. They are saved in mailbox settings, ’in the cloud.’ The path to their settings is:

The new Outlook for Windows: Settings > Mail > Compose and reply

Outlook on the web

Just like with the new Outlook for Windows, the path is Settings > Mail > Compose and reply:

OWA signature settings

Outlook for Mac

To access the physical location of your Outlook signatures on Mac, launch Finder, go to Go > Go to folder and enter the following path:


Then choose the folder with the version (V9, for example) and go to Signatures. That’s where your HTML email signatures are stored.

Outlook for Mac signature location

Back up and restore Outlook signatures

To back up your Outlook for Windows or Outlook for Mac email signatures, simply copy all the contents from their location to another place.

It’s a bit more complicated if you try to back up Outlook signatures that have no local copy, like in the new Outlook for Windows, Outlook on the web (OWA), Outlook with roaming signatures turned on. In this case, you need to get those signatures into HTML files.

One way to do that is to send yourself an email with a signature included and save it in the HTML format. Then you can delete the message body and save the signature as an HTML file. The problem is, most email clients add some invisible formatting information to the HTML code. This information might be invisible but can manifest itself in some unexpected ways. For example, when you later try to set your backed-up signature up in your email client’s settings. That’s why it might be a good idea to start using the free email signature generator. This way, you can create as many email signature designs as you need and back them up. To restore one of your backed-up email signatures, open its HTML file in a web browser, copy the signature and paste it into your email client’s signature settings. For more detailed guides on setting up your email signatures, check out our how-to articles.

8 thoughts on “Find out the location of Outlook email signatures and how to back them up

  1. Tarhib IT

    If you’re using a cloud-based email service like Gmail or, your signatures will be automatically backed up as part of your account. Your blog proved to be an absolute gem! It gave me valuable insights and made the seemingly complex a breeze of understanding. Thanks for making learning so enjoyable and enlightening.

  2. Daisy

    Windows XP: your c:\ information does not exist in my Windows XP. Not even close. OK, now where is my signature really located?

    Thank you…

    1. Kamil Glaser

      Hi Daisy,
      Have you tried the second method of getting to the target folder? Clicking the Signatures button while holding the ctrl key takes you to the signatures location. You can check the exact location of the signature folder in your system, then.

  3. Chris Reynolds

    Thank you for the simple but crucial information of where the Signatures folder was stored in the user’s profile. Curiously, Win 7 search on the profile did not find “signatures” in AppData, but I am away now and will add this gem to my documentation. Isn’t it fascinating how the simplest bits of “everyone knows THAT” information are such show-stoppers when not known :).

  4. Fran Hensler

    I just did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro (after the upgrade from 8.1) and I was surprised to find that all of my signatures were gone. Thank you for helping me find them Boy, am I glad I backed up my AppData before the install. File History does not backup anything in AppData.

  5. Jim


    Thank you very much ! I was getting very FRUSTRATED trying to setup a simple HTML signature…… I tried several other posts and couldn’t figure anything out. 5 minutes after reading your post I was good to go.

    Thank you again. Best Regards,


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