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How to set up an email signature in the built-in Mail app for Windows 10

Email Signatures in windows 10 Mail app

Windows 10 Mail app is a lightweight email client which comes with Windows 10. While it’s not nearly as advanced or popular as Outlook, or Thunderbird, it gets its job done and has a fair share of users. Up until recently, it wasn’t possible to format email signatures in the Mail app the way you’d like. Fortunately, now you can add a great looking HTML email signature to your email instead of using the default “Sent from Mail for Windows 10”, or a sad, plain text signature.

Design a good HTML email signature

One of the tricks to having email signatures which look the same (or at least very similar) across email clients is using tables and in-line HTML styles. Unfortunately, Windows 10 Mail app only has a basic email signature editor which doesn’t let you do much formatting. If you want your signature to include your name, basic contact info and a logo, simply pasted in a single column, then there’s no need to worry. However, if apart from contact details, you’d like to add social media buttons and format the whole thing in a pleasant way, you will need to design your email signature in another editor and then paste it to the Mail app for Windows 10.

The easiest way to create a good-looking email signature is to use our free email signature generator or download one of our free email signature templates. If you are using the generator, just leave the default email platform (Outlook) and follow the guidelines in the tool to make your own HTML email signature. When you apply your signature, and copy the signature to clipboard, you can start adding it to Windows 10 Mail app.

If you want to roll up your sleeves and create an HTML email signature from scratch, here are some articles which can help you get this done:

Once you have your HTML email signature ready and copied to clipboard, it’s time to set it up in the Mail app.

Add an HTML email signature to Windows 10 Mail app

The process is pretty straight-forward. Mind that this email client doesn’t allow you to use multiple email signatures or different signatures for replies and forwarded messages.

I’m using Windows 10 Mail Version 16005.12827.20560.0 configured with a Microsoft 365 account. Although the Inbox looks a bit differently for Gmail and Outlook.com accounts configured in Windows 10 Mail app, I’ve tested it and email signatures are configured exactly the same for both email services.

  1. First, you need to launch your Windows 10 Mail app:
Windows 10 Mail app - main window
  1. Go to Settings (the ⚙ icon at the bottom) and choose Signature from the menu on the right side of the window:
Signature settings in Windows 10 Mail app
  1. This opens the signature editor in Windows 10 Mail app. Make sure that the Use an email signature option is On and that the drop-down points to the right email account, if you have more than one configured. The editor has some basic formatting options available and the default “Sent from Mail for Windows 10” signature is already set up. Delete that text and paste your email signature (Ctrl+A, followed by Ctrl+V should to the trick, provided you have copied the signature to the clipboard).
Windows 10 Mail app Signature editor
  1. Once your signature is in the editor, you can make some adjustments. Check for typos, see if links work correctly. As you can see below, your signature might not fit entirely into the tiny editor pane, so let’s check how it looks in an actual email.
Paste email signature to your Windows 10 Mail editor
  1. When you create a new email (or reply or forward an existing one) the signature will be there just the way you wanted it to be:
Windows 10 Mail app new email with signature

After you set up your signature in the Mail app in Windows 10 (or any other email client), it’s best to send an email with your signature to yourself first to see if your images look well and if there are no formatting issues.

How to handle email signatures company-wide

Setting up an email signature for a single email client is not that hard, especially when you use a well-crafted template as your starting point. The thing is different when you think about email signatures on a company level. Companies that care about their brand identity and visual identity need to unify their email signatures. This will allow them to build their brand with one of the most commonly used communication channels – emails.

How difficult is it to deploy email signatures in a company

While manual deployment of unified email signatures is possible, it’s not easy to set up or maintain. Especially when employees can use various email clients and devices for email communication.

That’s why we came up with tools for email signature management which make designing and deploying email signatures for the whole company a child’s play, saving you a lot of time and resources.

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How to design an email signature and disclaimer for a lawyer

Is there really anything special about email signatures for lawyers or attorneys? Actually, there is. Email signatures are like your digital business cards, only they tend to last longer than their paper equivalents. Lawyers send a considerable number of emails all the time and if their signature isn’t perfect, their reputation is at stake. If you want to learn how to design a good email signature for an attorney or see a sample lawyer’s email disclaimer, read on.

How to design a perfect email signature for a lawyer
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How to automatically add email signatures to replies in Office 365?

When it comes to Office 365 email signatures, you may want to have different variants for different purposes. It is a common practice to create two signatures for the same sender – one with full contact details and graphics, and one with less details and less or no graphics. The first signature applies only when you send your first email. The next signature is added only when continuing a conversation within the same email thread. Such a setup keeps email threads readable, but with necessary contact details always at hand.

Surprising as it may be, the native Office 365 signatures defined via mail flow rules cannot help you here. Office 365 makes email signatures land at the bottom of an email thread and lets you only use the same email signature design for both new messages and replies. In this article, you will find out how to have such signatures added automatically in Office 365 by using a third-party email signature manager, CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365.

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Animated gifs in email signatures

For some people, animated gifs are the essence of the Internet – before them, there was nothing of interest. Gifs have opened our eyes to the magic of ultra-cute, animated kittens, memes and epic fails, to mention a few. But apart from those highly popular and reusable gifs, there is another type of gifs – simple animations which in the business world could be deemed as professional.

How about pasting them into email signatures then? Thanks to our atavistic predator instinct, nothing grabs our attention as much as a moving objects next to a static background (that is, regular email content). Animated gifs seem like they are crafted for this purpose exactly. Be careful though, as the line between “attention-grabbing” and “extremely annoying” is finer than you might think.

Animated gifs in email signatures
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Microsoft Teams deep links in email signatures

[Update]: This blog post was updated on April 3, 2020.

Are you using Microsoft Teams? Advertised as “the hub for teamwork in Office 365”, in most cases it allows employees to communicate and collaborate with high efficiency. If you are using it as a primary means of communication, it is vital to direct your co-workers to this channel. So, is there an easy and efficient method to link to Teams? There is! The secret is to use the so-called deep links.

Microsoft Teams deep links in email signatures

Teams deep links can make both your email signatures and Teams even more useful. You don’t know what deep links are? I’ll be happy to explain.

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Direct link to a hosted image in email signatures

You might wonder how direct image links or direct URLs are related to email signatures. If you can use an embedded image, you do not have to worry about any links. However, linked images have some upsides: for example, they don’t increase the email size. What is more, there are situations in which linked images are the only available option. To add a linked image, you need a direct URL to it.

How to get a direct image link

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