How to Set Up and Use Signatures in Microsoft Outlook on Mac


Save typing time and always have the perfect closing in your emails. Here’s how to create and use signatures in Outlook on Mac.

If you’re an Outlook user and prefer this app on your Mac over Mail for email, then you’re not alone. The app offers terrific features, whether you’re using the original desktop version or the “new Outlook” for Mac introduced in late 2020.

One such feature is the ability to set up signatures. This allows you to automatically pop in your closing, contact information, or other signature in each email you compose. Plus, you can choose to use the signature for replies and forwards, switch signatures depending on the account, and use a different one on the fly.

Create a Signature in Outlook on Mac

Setting up a signature or two in Outlook on Mac follows the same process regardless of your desktop version.

  1. Open Outlook and click Outlook > Preferences from the menu bar.
  2. Select Signatures.
  3. In the Signatures window, click the plus sign on the left to add a signature.Add a new signature in Outlook on Mac
  4. When the subsequent window opens, type in the signature you want to use. You can use the formatting tools at the top to adjust the font size, style, and color, insert an image, and pick an alignment.
  5. Add a Signature Name at the top.
  6. After you finish, click the Save button on the top left and then close the window.

Create a new signature in Outlook on Mac

You’ll see your new signature in the list in the Signatures window. You can follow the same steps to set up additional signatures if you like. You can create different signatures for your other connected accounts or certain situations.

Optionally, take the next step to set up the default signature for new emails, replies, and forwards.

Set a Default Signature

With the Signatures window open, head to the bottom labeled “Choose default signature.”

Account: Select an account if you have more than one.

New messages and Replies/forwards: Choose the signature you want to use for each email type for the Account you picked. You can use the same for each or different ones per your preference.

You can then choose another Account and select the default signatures for it as well.

Select a Default Signature in Outlook

Should you decide not to use a default signature, select None for New messages and Replies/forwards. You can insert the signature you want when composing, replying, or forwarding an email.

Edit a Signature in Outlook on Mac

If you need to make changes to a signature you created, it’s super easy.

  1. Revisit the Signatures section in the Outlook > Preferences.
  2. Select the signature and click Edit.
  3. Make your changes and click Save.
  4. Close the window, and you should see your updated signature in the Signatures window.

Edit a Signature

Manually Insert a Signature in Outlook

You can insert one manually if you decide not to use a default signature that automatically displays in your email. And you can do so using the toolbar/ribbon or menu bar.

Insert a Signature Using the Toolbar/Ribbon

With both the new Outlook for Mac and the original desktop version, you have a Signature option at the top of the email window. Whether you’re composing a new email, replying, or forwarding, you have this option.

In the new Outlook, click the signature icon in the toolbar. In the original version of Outlook, click Signatures in the ribbon. Then select a signature to insert it.

Insert a signature

Insert a Signature Using the Menu Bar

You can use the Mac menu bar to insert a signature for both versions of Outlook. You’ll see Message change to Draft when you’re composing, replying, or forwarding an email.

Click Draft, move your cursor to Signatures, and choose one from the pop-out menu.

Insert a signature from the menu bar

Save a Step with Signatures in Outlook on Mac

By creating an email signature in Outlook on Mac, you can always be sure to close your emails properly. And you can skip the step of typing one every time.

For more, take a look at how to create signatures in and Outlook on Windows.

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