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==Single signature per account== ==Single signature per account==
-Thunderbird allows you to have a different signature for each of your email accounts. Instructions on how to create a signature file and use it in Thunderbird are available [http://opensourcearticles.com/introduction_to_thunderbird_3 here]. If you want your signature to include graphics or html-formatted text such as colors or boldfacing, then create your signature file as an html document and save it with the ".html" file extension. For more information on signature blocks, including the signature separator ("-- ") that Thunderbird inserts before your signature text, see [http://mailformat.dan.info/trailers/sigblocks.html Dan's Mail Format Site].+Thunderbird allows you to have a different signature for each of your email accounts. Instructions on how to create a signature file and use it in Thunderbird are available [http://opensourcearticles.com/thunderbird_15/english/part_03 here]. If you want your signature to include graphics or html-formatted text such as colors or boldfacing, then create your signature file as an html document and save it with the ".html" file extension. For more information on signature blocks, including the signature separator ("-- ") that Thunderbird inserts before your signature text, see [http://mailformat.dan.info/trailers/sigblocks.html Dan's Mail Format Site].
===Tip for making an html-formatted signature=== ===Tip for making an html-formatted signature===

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Single signature per account

Thunderbird allows you to have a different signature for each of your email accounts. Instructions on how to create a signature file and use it in Thunderbird are available here. If you want your signature to include graphics or html-formatted text such as colors or boldfacing, then create your signature file as an html document and save it with the ".html" file extension. For more information on signature blocks, including the signature separator ("-- ") that Thunderbird inserts before your signature text, see Dan's Mail Format Site.

Tip for making an html-formatted signature

If you don't know how to make an html file to use for a signature, you can try the procedure described below.

  1. In Thunderbird, click on the "Write" button to compose a new message.
  2. Type in the text you want to use for your signature and add whatever formatting you want (font style, color, boldfacing, etc.).
  3. Select the text you want in your signature (or go to "Edit -> Select All" if you want the whole message as your signature).
  4. From the "Insert" menu, choose "HTML...".
  5. Select the text in the window that pops up and copy the selected text ("Ctrl+C", or right mouse click and select "Copy").
  6. Open your favorite text editor (such as Notepad) and paste in the text you just copied.
  7. Save the file to your computer, giving it a name with the ".html" extension (such as "signature1.html").
  8. In Thunderbird again, go to "Tools -> Account Settings -> <Account Name>".
  9. Check the "Attach this signature" option.
  10. Click the "Choose..." button and attach the signature file that you just created and saved on your computer.

To insert a promotional button in your signature

If you want to include a promotional button for Thunderbird or Firefox in your signature, get the raw html code for the button from here (Thunderbird) or here (Firefox). Do as described above for making an html-formatted signature, but at step #2, put the cursor in the message body where you want the button to appear and then go to "Insert -> HTML". In the dialog box that pops up, paste in the raw html code for the button and click "Insert" to close the dialog. See this forum thread for further tips.

Multiple signatures per account

Via an extension

If you want to have more than one signature per e-mail account or choose from a variety of signatures when composing mail, your best option is to use the Signature Switch extension. It will allow you to easily select from multiple signatures in the Compose window by using a toolbar button or via the context menu (right-click). Other options:

  • The Quicktext extension: adds a menu in the Compose window from which you can select your own pre-defined text to insert at the current cursor location. Morever, the extension allows you include variables such as sender's/recipient's e-mail address, message subject, and date. See the Quicktext extension homepage for further information.
  • The Signature extension: similar to but simpler than the Quicktext extension, the Signature extension lets you insert pre-defined text wherever the cursor is located in the message body. Inserts plain-text only and does not allow variables to be used.
  • The Tagzilla extension: can be used to insert "taglines" or signatures in e-mail messages. Note that you must also install the JSLib extension before installing Tagzilla. See this thread for a few comments on Tagzilla limitations with regard to e-mail signatures.

Read this if you do not know how to install a Thunderbird extension.

Via multiple identities

Another way to create multiple signatures for a single account is to create multiple identities and to create a separate signature for each identity. Once you have created your identities, make a separate signature file for each as described above. To assign one signature file to one identity:

  1. Go to "Tools -> Account Settings", click on the account name (in the left-hand pane), and then click on the "Manage Identities..." button.
  2. Select an identity from the list and click the "Edit..." button.
  3. Click the "Settings" tab, check the "Attach this signature" option, the click the "Choose..." button to attach a signature file.
  4. Finally, click the "OK" button and repeat the above steps for your other identities.