How to make a HTML signature in Apple Mail 5 and OS X

By Shawn Smith,

Published on Jul 24, 2011   —   1 min read

Funny, when I did a fresh install of Apple’s latest OS X Lion, I needed to add my email signatures again.

There are lots of of pieces of info out there that shows how to do it before Lion, however, OS X has moved things around a little. Here is a quick tutorial on how to get a new email signature in Apple Mail 5.

  1. In Mail, open Preferences and click on the Signatures icon.
  2. Create a new signature by clicking on the plus icon (you can just leave the signature blank for now).
  3. Quit Mail.
  4. In Safari, open the HTML file that you created.
  5. In Safari, go to File > Save As. Then, navigate to Your ~/Library/Mail/V2/MailData/Signatures/. We want to overwrite the signature that you just created in Mail. Click on the existing signature file, make sure that the format is set to Web Archive, and hit Save. (If there are multiple files in this folder, switch the save dialog to the list view. The signature that you just added in Mail should be the file that was last modified just a few minutes ago.)

Now Re-open Mail.

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