How to create HTML signature in Microsoft Outlook

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Email signature are by default text messages. However I wanted to create HTML signature (see below) for my email messages. The procedure is supported but not at all straighforward.


  1. Go to Tools/Option/Mail Format and set Send in this message format to HTML.
  2. Create a file with .html extension in notepad containing your only HTML text (don’t bother about making it correct HTML) and save it. Remember to set Save as Type to HTML
  3. .

  4. Open it in Internet Explorer and copy it to clipboard using Ctrl-A Ctrl-C after first clicking within the explorer. Now the HTML is copied in proper format to clipboard.
  5. In Microsoft Outlook go to Options/Mail Format/Signature Picker and click on New.
  6. Choose a name for your signature (any name is fine) and click Next.
  7. Paste your signature in the box provided using Ctrl-V.
  8. In Tools/Options/MailFormat ensure that your signature name (chosen earlier) is selected as Use this signature by default.
  9. Test by creating a new email and verifying that the HTML signature is actually included in the created email.

Note: In case of any problems read the instructions carefully again. The instructions are for Microsoft Outlook 2000. If you have a different version adjust accordingly.

Now you know how to create a signature like this:
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August 31, 2010: 12:25 am

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August 19, 2010: 2:46 am

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July 22, 2010: 11:09 pm

That’s absolutely brilliant, thank you.

I used it to set up my DOOID signature. It worked fine for Outlook 2003. Using notepad as the txt editor didn’t show an html option for saving but it did allow me to type that as the extension and save it that way.

Thanks again

Meghan Iverson
July 7, 2010: 1:02 pm

This is the same technique I stumbled into. Only thing you have to be obvious about is that you must use IE (otherwise you can’t select the whole signature).

If you use the signature for replies and forwards though, the reply wraps about the signature - doesn’t go to another line. I’ve tried adding line breaks, paragraphs, and a div with clear: both. None of these techniques have fixed that issues. Any ideas?

(We used to use have people add directly to their signature folder, but some had to show hidden folders and if they’d never created a signature before they don’t have signature folder yet.)

July 7, 2010: 10:42 am

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May 28, 2010: 2:28 pm

I know this thread started a long time ago, but I was hoping someone could help me out.
I have an html signature which I want to use in outlook and mac mail. Part of the signature is a picture that has a few hotspots on it that link to other pages (youtube, facebook). Problem is the hotspots only seem to work in a browser. Once in outlook or even a text editor that accepts html, the links are gone.
Any ideas on how to fix that?

May 15, 2010: 8:36 am

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April 8, 2010: 5:51 pm

Thanks for the tip! I am trying to implement a standard email signature for my company. Too bad we don’t all have the same OS, email programs, or computers.

Sumit Deb

Sumit Deb

March 16, 2010: 6:54 pm

This was very helpful…thanks!

March 4, 2010: 11:33 am

Thank you google and thank you Mr. angusman

February 18, 2010: 9:05 am

I need add my company logo my mail account

January 11, 2010: 10:40 pm

I found that when I changed to the 2003 word as my email editor, I too had lost my signatures. All I had at the bottom of my emails was a dotted line. I then right clicked onto that dotted line and it brought up a drop file. I then clicked onto ‘email signature’ then ‘general’ and selected ‘none’ for keep all formatting. I then opened a new email and there was my signature……

December 1, 2009: 4:20 pm

This is semi-complex is it possible to just put an html script at the end of an email?

Mike V.
October 8, 2009: 3:40 pm

Ok, I’m not the least bit computer savvy, but I’ve managed to create a signature with my company’s logo w/ hyperlink to website via Microsoft FrontPage (Outlook takes me there when “advanced editing”).

The logo and hyperlink work fine when composing new emails, but when I reply to or forward an email that has an attachment, I get a red X where the image should be. WTF??? I use Outlook 2000, if that helps.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

September 30, 2009: 4:20 am

This worked, thanks, but now I’ve made a new image with the same name to replace my first image, but it seems that I can’t get Outlook 2000 to clear its cache. The new image is on my webserver and the old one has been deleted. Do you know a manual way of doing this?


Monica Fineis
September 15, 2009: 12:16 pm

Thank you, this worked!

September 10, 2009: 11:13 pm

thank you so much - i been trying to get my logo to work in outlook signature and you have solved the issue

keep up the good work

September 10, 2009: 12:13 pm

Worked perfectly! Thanks :D

September 9, 2009: 6:00 am

Your directions were successful with the exception of maintaining the

in the body.

I cannot seem to keep the text that would be written in the body of the email to stay off the left margin. Please advise.

August 18, 2009: 7:11 pm

great solution

July 23, 2009: 8:34 am

I am not familiar with the HTML file.

All I want is to create my personalize signature with logo’s and different text font and color.Please give me ways in more friendly approach. Take note that I am using Outlook 2000.

Big Thanks!

July 14, 2009: 7:54 pm

Very easy to use! Thanks

July 6, 2009: 10:07 pm

My notepad does not give me an option to save in .html only .txt Thoughts?

June 24, 2009: 6:08 pm

I’m not clear on this…

All I want to do is use a particular image (stored on my web server) as my signature. I don’t want to attach the image, so I want to use HTML.

But this method seems to just paste the image into the signature (same as inserting the image itself), not insert the HTML that calls up the image from my web serer. Hence, this method is still attaching the image to the email.

Am I doing something wrong? Thanks.

June 17, 2009: 6:43 pm

I’m trying to insert a LOGO into outlook signatures…Outlook 2000. Any suggestions? Can do it 2003 and higher….but we have 2000

April 17, 2009: 8:42 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. One thing to note: It won’t bring the format over correctly if you have CSS in your original signature file (like I did) I had to fix my font type, color, and sizes inside Outlook as it didn’t bring the CSS info over unfortunately.

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