How to add a signature in


Click on the ‘Settings’ gear icon

Click on the ‘Settings’ gear icon in the top right corner of the page and then click on “View all settings”



In the settings window that opens, click on ‘Compose and reply’

step2 click compose and reply


Navigate to the section labeled ‘Email signature’

Under ‘Email signature’, you will see a text box where you can type your signature. You can format your text using the options above the box – you can change the font, size, color, and more. You can also add links, pictures, and even your business card.

step 3 edit your new outlook signature signature


Set the signature as the default and more options to consider

Once you’re satisfied with your signature, select the checkbox that applies to you (See screen shot below). You can choose to automatically include your signature on new messages, on forwarded or replied-to messages, both, or neither.

step 4 - set your outlook signature as default and more options

Don’t forget to click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the page when you’re done. Close the settings window and now your new signature should appear at the bottom of every email you send, according to the options you’ve chosen.

How to add a signature in Outlook for desktop (Windows)

This guide showcases setting up a signature in Outlook versions 2013, 2016, and 2019.

Ready to start? Let’s go.


How to add an email signature in Outlook?

  1. Open the Outlook app
  2. Go to the search box at the top-left side of your Outlook screen and type in “signature”
  3. Click on the “Signature” result
  4. Click on “Signatures” from the dropdown menu >> will open the in-app editor
  5. Click on new
  6. Name your new signature
  7. Click in the signature editor’s text field and type your contact information
  8. Click ok to save your signature

See detailed guide    |    Generate company-wide signature


Open Outlook’s in-app editor

how to add Outlook 2019 and 2016 and 2013 email signature - search settings
  • Go to the search box at the top-left side of your Outlook screen and type in “signature
  • Click on the “Signature” result that appears
  • Click on “Signature” from the dropdown menu and you’ll be prompted to set a signature in Outlook using the in-app signature editor.


Create a new Outlook signature

Create new signature in Outlook
  • Click on the “New” button to create a new signature for your email
  • Give your new signature a name (use a name that describes this specific signature well, in case you create multiple signatures in the future)

NOTE: If you already know you’ll need multiple Outlook signatures, go see our guide on how to create multiple Outlook signatures and how to manage them.


Add your signature details

set up outlook signature - create new signature

To begin with, we’ll create the simplest form of an Outlook email signature – a simple text signature. This may be enough for you. But, in case you want something more professional, later on, I’ll show you ways to create a much richer and more effective email signature.

  • To create your text signature click in the signature editor’s text field, and type in your full name, your job title, and your contact information.
  • If you’re satisfied with this signature layout you can stop here. Simply click OK, and you’re good to go. For more advanced signature features, keep reading.

A good Outlook signature would include the following:

John L. Due
Associate Partner at Astoria Law Firm NY
301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022


You can use the editor’s toolbar to add a table and organize your personal information in other ways. But tables can break in different device sizes, so make sure to keep your signature under 360px in width.




HR Outlook email signature template - with custom button-min

Professional Outlook email signature | See more Outlook signature templates >


Edit signature design

Edit signature in Outlook - change design color, fornt size and font type

You can edit your Outlook signature to make it look more organized and give it a clear visual hierarchy, by setting different colors and font sizes for the most important information.

  • To change the color of any text in your signature, all you need to do is select it with your cursor and click the Color dropdown menu > then pick your color, or click More colors (at the bottom of the panel) to choose a custom color.
  • To change the text size – select the text then click the Font Size dropdown menu and try different sizes till you feel you’ve reached the best balance.
  • To change font type – select any text and click the Font type dropdown, try some options till you find your fit.


  1. Choose 1 color (preferably one of the colors you use for your brand).
  2. Use 1 font size for your contact details (12-14px is good), and use 1 bigger font size for your name and job title (2-3px greater than the text for your contact details). Set your name in Bold and your job title in Regular, to give slightly more importance to your name.
  3. Use only 1 font for your entire signature, otherwise, it will look messy.


Add a hyperlink to your Outlook signature

add-Outlook-signature- add hyperlink
  • To add a hyperlink to your Outlook signature, select any text with your cursor(when text is selected it should have a grey background)
  • Then click the link icon on the right-hand side of the tool strip.
  • Now enter the URL you want the text to link to, and hit OK.

Make your telephone number clickable:

In the example image I made the telephone number clickable by adding a special kind of hyperlink.

  • Instead of adding a URL, like before, I entered the phone number with the prefix “tel:”, like this – “tel:1-800-800-800”.

Make your local address clickable:

If you run a brick-and-mortar business you can also gain from making your address clickable. You can set it up so that when clicked on, it brings up Google Maps navigation.

  • To add a clickable local address – find your business on Google Maps and hit the “Directions” button > then copy the URL from the address box.
  • Select the address in your Outlook signature and click the link icon like before. Now add the URL you took from Google Maps, and click OK.


Add an image

add a signature in Outlook-2013-and-2016-and-2019-edit-signature with an image
  • Click your cursor where you want to place your signature image
  • Click the image icon on the right-hand side of the tool strip
  • Upload the image from your computer

Resize the image:

  • To resize your image according to your preferred signature design – click on the image and drag any of the black squares on the image corners.

Make your image clickable:

  • Select your image with your cursor > then click the link icon from the tool strip > insert the URL you wish the image to link to and hit OK.

Add social media icons and links:

  • To add your social media icons – follow the same steps as adding an image with a link as stated above
  • Simply add them as images > drag them to the desired position > select the icon and click the link button from the tool strip to assign the link to your social media page.
  • For a more professional look – see our more advanced guide on how to add social icons to your Outlook signature


You may have noticed that the signature in my example above is much richer than the simple Outlook signature we made during this guide. That’s because it’s structured in HTML, with some complex code.

But that wasn’t a problem, because I didn’t code it myself. I made it with WiseStamp signature creator. To get a beautiful professional signature in your Outlook in 2-5 minutes try our free Outlook Signature Creator.

If you like doing things yourself, and you’re not daunted by HTML, you can follow our guide for manually adding an HTML signature in Outlook.


Set auto Outlook signatures

Microsoft Office Outlook auto signature

In order to add a signature to Outlook automatically, you are given a choice of whether or not you want your signature to appear in your New messages and/or in your Forward and Reply messages. Doing this is fairly straightforward.

I) Go to the top-right corner of your Outlook editor

There you’ll find 2 dropdown menus, one for setting an auto signature for your New messages and one for your Forward/Reply messages. Each menu should house all your available signatures.

II) Choose the signature you wish to appear for each message type

If you feel that your Outlook signature is done, click “OK” to save your work. To see your new signature in Outlook, simply open a new message. Your new signature will appear at the bottom.

III) Manage your signatures directly from the Message window by clicking on the “Signature” button in the top ribbon. From there you will be able to choose the signature you required for any given email.

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