How to Append a Signature Automatically in Windows Email

In Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express, I can create multiple signatures easily, and I can choose for each message which signature I want append to it.

Unfortunately, I'm notoriously lazy and end up with no signature at all in most cases. Fortunately, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express allow me to set up a signature that will automatically be added to every email I create.

Append a Signature Automatically in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To set up a default signature in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  • In Windows Live Mail 2011:
    • Click the Windows Live Mail button (or press Alt-F).
    • Select Options | Mail… from the menu that appears (or press O followed by M).
  • In Windows Live Mail 2009 and earlier, Windows Mail and Outlook Express:
    • Select Tools | Options from the menu.
  • Go to the Signatures tab.
  • Make sure Add signatures to all outgoing messages is selected.
  • You probably also want to deselect Don't add signatures to Replies and Forwards.
  • Now select the signature you want to become the one automatically inserted.
  • Click Set as Default.
  • Click OK.

Per Account Default Signatures in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

If you have more than one email account set up in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express, you can even specify a different default signature for each.

(Updated July 2012)