Create an e-mail signature to use in Thunderbird (plain or fancy)

An e-mail "signature" is text and/or images that is added to every e-mail you send

Thunderbird


Create a "plain text" e-mail signature

Thunderbird menu: Tools: Account Settings
(If you cannot see the Thunderbird menu, press the Alt key or F10 key on your keyboard to show the menu)

Select the account you want on the left.
On the right in the section "Signature text", type what you want.
Then click the OK button.

Signature plain text


Put just a picture (like a scanned picture image of your signature), in the e-mail signature

Thunderbird menu: Tools: Account Settings
(If you cannot see the Thunderbird menu, press the Alt key or F10 key on your keyboard to show the menu)

Select the account you want on the left.
On the right side, checkmark "Attach the signature from a file instead"
Then click on the "Choose" button, and a window will pop up to allow you to choose a picture from your computer.

Signature Image

Note: This "Attach the signature from a file instead" option can be used for more than just pictures, like it says.  I don't feel like adding more information about that here now.  Those who would like to do this probably already understand it, and won't need my instructions for this.


Create an e-mail signature that uses fancy text and images

To make a "fancy" e-mail signature that is not just plain text, then you need to use HTML.

If you are like most people, you don't know HTML code, so here is a way to create the HTML code you want, so you can paste it in here.

Install the add-on called "ThunderHTMLedit":

Thunderbird menu: Tools: Add-ons
(If you cannot see the Thunderbird menu, press the Alt key or F10 key on your keyboard to show the menu)

In the text search box on the top right of the "Add-ons Manager" window, type ThunderHTMLedit then press the Enter key on your keyboard.
When the search result comes up showing ThunderHTMLedit, click the "Install" button to the right of it.
It will prompt you to restart Thunderbird.  Click the link to do so.

Now start writing a new e-mail.  You will notice something new that this add-on has added to the write e-mail window.  Now just above the text of your e-mail, you see "Edit" and "HTML" tabs.

Signature HTML

Right now, you don't need to put who the e-mail is to, or a subject.  This e-mail is not going to be sent.  You are just going to use this window to design/create your e-mail signature.

Write what you want in the body of this fake e-mail, which you want to be your e-mail signature.  Use different fonts, bold, italics, etc.  Whatever you want.  You can even insert a picture, like if you scanned your written signature and saved it to a picture file on your computer, or a picture file that is hosted on a website.

If you want to use a picture on your computer, then you will always need to make sure that the picture will always be in the same folder on your computer.  The same goes for a picture that is hosted on a webiste.  It will always need to be in the same location.  That's the only way this "link" in your e-mail signature will work.

To insert a picture: On the menu on the Write window, click "Insert", then "Image".  Choose the file you want from your computer (or type in the path on the Internet to the picture).  Then make sure that "Attach this image to the message" is check-marked.  Check to make sure that Thunderbird has loaded the picture in the "Preview Image" box, to make sure that the link works.

Once you have your e-mail signature the way you want it, click on that HTML tab I mentioned and showed in the screenshot above.  Now you see the HTML code for what you created.

Now select and copy only the text that is between <body> and </body>, not including those tags themselves.

Go back to the Account Settings as I mentioned before to where to put the signature text in.  Paste the HTML that you copied into the signature box.

Signature HTML

Make sure that the "Use HTML" box has been check-marked.  Click OK on the Account Settings window.

Now start a new e-mail.  You should see your new fancy signature at the bottom of the e-mail.

Last updated: 2017-Jan-20

 

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