How to Create a Signature in Windows Mail or Outlook Express

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Set up your Windows Live Mail signature and have it added to emails you send automatically.

What Email Signatures Are For

Email signatures are great—not big, just great. You can put some basic contact information in your Windows Live MailWindows Mail or Outlook Express signature, but it can also contain a witty quotation or some marketing speak.

In Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express, you can even add multiple signatures (one for work mail and one for private messages, for example).

Fortunately, creating signatures is easy.

What about Mail for Windows 10 Signatures?

Mail for Windows 10 is an email program distinctly different from Windows Live Mail and its ancestors Windows Mail and Outlook Express, and setting up Mail for Windows 10 signatures works a bit differently as well (though it is still easy).

Create a Signature in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To set up your email signature in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  1. Select File | Options… | Mail in Windows Live Mail.
  2. Go to the Signatures tab.
  3. Click New under Signatures.
  4. Type the text of your signature under Edit Signature.
  1. Click OK.

Choose and Insert Signatures Manually in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

While composing a message in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express, you can select which signature you want to use:

  1. Select Insert | Signature from the message's menu using Outlook Express.
    • In Windows Live Mail 2008, hold down the Alt key if you cannot see the menu bar.
    • In Windows Live Mail 2012, go to the Insert tab and click Signature.
  1. Now choose the desired signature from the list.

Even better, you can also specify default signatures for individual accounts.

(Email signatures tested with Outlook Express 6, Windows Mail 6, Windows Live Mail 2008 and Windows Live Mail 2012)