How to Make an HTML Signature in Outlook Express

Important Note: If you are still using Outlook Express, I urge you to migrate to another safer email program. There are several email programs that are free and will not cause as many problems as Outlook Express.  A popular replacement for Outlook Express is Thunderbird.

It is very easy to make a plain signature in Outlook Express. You just open Outlook Express, click on Tools/Options/Signatures and follow the prompts.

Screenshot Create a new signature

But what if you want to 'jazz' your signature up a bit? You can make a signature file with different fonts and colors using a word processor or HTML editor and using the HTML file as the signature. The following screenshots show exactly how to set the file as a signature in Outlook Express.

  Create an HTML signature file in a word processor.

Screenshot  Create the signature file in Outlook Express.

Screenshot Browse to the location of your HTML signature file on your computer.

Screenshot Locate the file and select it.

Screenshot Give your new signature a name

Screenshot Make sure it works

One thing to remember, your mail format must be rich text for the signature to work as HTML, otherwise it will show as plain text. And it won't hurt to test it out with a few friends!

If you put an image in your signature sometimes it may not show.  Look at this site Image Is Not Displayed in Your HTML Signature File for help in resolving the problem.