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FAQ 2470Thunderbird Signature Help

Your signature (short for Signature Block) in e-mail is a block of text that is inserted at the bottom of the e-mail. Your signature is a way to sign off a message and allows you to include consistent information about yourself, such as alternative contact information.
Thunderbird's Built-In Signature Feature
Before you can use Thunderbird's built-in Signature feature you must create a signature file in a text editing program. You can use Microsoft Word or any other program that allows you to save a plain text (.txt) file (TextEdit, WordPad, Notepad, etc.). Then you will use the Account Settings in Thunderbird to select the file you created.
Create Your Signature File:
Open Microsoft Word or Notepad

Type the text you would like to appear as your signature.

Select File, Save As...

Select a place you will be able to easily find the file, your M:\ drive is a good place.

Select the Text Files (*.txt, *.ini) option from the "Save as type:" drop-down.

Type a name for the file (such as "Signature") and click [Save].

If you get a warning about losing formatting when saving as plain text, click [Yes] or [OK].
Configuring Thunderbird to Use Your Signature
Select Tools, Account Settings...

Click to check the box next to Attach this signature:

Click the [Choose...] button.

Navigate to your signature file (Signature.txt) and click [Open].

Click [OK] in the Account Settings Window.
Using your Signature
When you compose a new message (via the Write button, one of the Reply options or Forward) your signature will be automatically inserted in the message with a separator line of 2 dashes (--).
Updating Your Signature
To update your signature file open the Signature.txt file in Word or Notepad, make your changes and Save. You do not need to update Thunderbird since only a link to the external file is stored.
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