How to Add Links to Signatures in Mac OS X Mail or MacOS Mail

Including a live link in your email signature is useful for recipients

What to Know

  • In Mail, go to Mail > Preferences > Signatures. Select an account with a signature you want to edit. Click + to add a new signature.
  • Highlight the text where you want to add a link and select Edit > Add Link. Add the complete internet address and click OK.
  • Send a test message to yourself or another account to confirm that the text and image links work properly.

This article explains how to insert a text or image link into your email signature in the Mail application in macOS or OS X. Instructions cover Mail in macOS Catalina through OS X Lion.

Add a Link to Your Mail Signature

Mail makes it easy to insert links into your email signature so your message recipients can easily visit your website or follow another link.

  1. Open the Mail application. Select Mail in the menu bar and choose Preferences in the drop-down menu to open the Mail preferences screen.

    Mail menu with Preferences selected
  2. Click the Signatures tab at the top of the Mail preferences screen.

    Mail Preferences with the Signatures tab highlighted
  3. Select All Signatures or choose the account with a signature you want to edit in the left column of the screen. Select the signature from the middle column. If you select from All Signatures, you need to drag the edited signature to the email account you plan to use it with when you are finished.

    Selection of a signature in the Mail preferences
  4. Add a new signature by pressing the + key at the bottom of the middle column, Give it a name and and type your information in the right panel. You can change the font, size, and color of the text using the Format tab on the Mail menu bar or choose to always match your default message font.

    Signatures screen in macOS Mail preferences

    To have the signature appear at the bottom of your emails, clear the box next to Place signature above quoted text.

  5. In the right panel, highlight the text to which you want to add a link in your signature.

    Company name highlighted for macOS Mail signature link
  6. Select Edit > Add Link from the menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut Command + K.

    Option to all Link to text in a macOS Mail signature
  7. Enter the complete internet address for the link, including http:// in the field provided and click OK. Alternatively, you can add a link to your email address (mailto:example@gmail.com), which is for letting people click to instantly start a new message to that address.

    Signature preferences in macOS Mail
  8. Drag the signature from All Signatures to the account you plan to use it with. Close the Signatures window.

Test the Signature Link

Create a new email in the account with the signature you just added and select the new signature from the drop-down menu next to Signature. The links won't work in your draft email, so send a test message to yourself or to one of your other accounts to confirm that the text and image links work properly.

Email showing a text link in an email

If your recipient chooses to read mail in plain-text format, a rich text link doesn't display as a clickable link but as the http:// address instead.

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