Rich Text Signatures in Gmail Now Available
Article by George Norman
On 09 Jul 2010
Until now if you wanted a custom signature in Gmail, you had to contend with the fact that you could only use simple text for that signature. You had to contend with the fact that you could not change the font size of the color of that text. Google admitted this was frustrating for numerous Gmail users, users who demanded they be given rich text signatures.

“Rich text signatures have long been one of our most widely requested features. Some of you have tried your own solutions, including Greasemonkey scripts, browser plugins, and even using canned responses from Gmail Labs. Others have simply lived with frustration of not being able to change the colors or font size of your signature, or insert images and links,” explained Software Engineer Mark Knichel, the one who came up with the Google Maps previews in mail experiment.


To address the frustration all these Gmail users were experiencing, Mountain View-based search engine giant Google has now given them the ability to use rich text signatures in Gmail. That’s right, you can now write your own rich text signatures in Gmail. Isn’t that great?

To get started you need only log into your Gmail account, then click the Settings link from the upper right hand corner of the screen. Or you can just click this link – it will take you to the Gmail Settings page, but only if you’re logged into your Google account. On the Settings page you will notice a rich text editor in the signature section; use it to customize your signature as you see fit.

If you have multiple email addresses attached to your account and you send mails using a custom From: address, then you should know that Gmail now supports a unique signature for each email address associated with your account. You can edit the signature for each one of your email addresses.

Please note that “currently, only the latest desktop version of Gmail supports rich text signatures and multiple signatures. The older version and HTML version of Gmail, along with the mobile versions, use a plain text version of your primary account’s signature,” as Mark Knichel explained.

Tags: Google, Gmail, Rich text signatures
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