Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have successfully setup my signature but do not see an option to either not include my signature in replies or include a shorter version of my new email signature. Anyone know if this option exists? If not is there a workaround?

share|improve this question
You missed the was - can you have a DIFFERENT signature for replies. As far as I can tell, the answer is no. – user120751 Mar 1 '12 at 0:17
That doesn't seem to work. It only makes it the default for new emails and not for replies or forwards. – user123550 Mar 18 '12 at 4:27
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I have finally found a work-around for this issue. I found on the Microsoft support site.

It basically entails setting up an additional account(for the same email address) without a signature. you then create a rule that moves all incoming mail to the account without a signature and then flip a few toggle switches so that you are not receiving mail twice.

share|improve this answer

The answer to this is no, cannot remember where I read it, but I did somewhere..and we are stuck with the signature functionality in all its limitedness in outlook 2011 for Mac. :)

share|improve this answer

If you want your signature in new emails but nor replies and forwards, follow the instructions in this blog post. Basically, you have to create an Outlook keyboard shortcut for your Mac. Think this is the easiest way to do it.

  • After set­ting up my sig­na­ture in Out­look, I went to Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Key­board > Key­board Shortcuts.
  • In the list on the left, I went down to Appli­ca­tion Shortcuts.
  • I hit the plus sign to add a new shortcut.
  • In the appli­ca­tions drop­down, I found Outlook.
  • The next step was extremely impor­tant to get this to work. In the Menu Title box, you need to add the menu name exactly as it appears in the app. This does not include the path to this menu item. For exam­ple my menu item was to insert my sig­na­ture called Stan­dard (Draft > Sig­na­tures > Stan­dard), so I put just the word “Stan­dard” in this box.
  • Then assign the key­board com­mand, save, and viola! You now have a key­board com­mand to add a sig­na­ture when­ever you like in Outlook.
share|improve this answer
Worked perfectly. Thanks! – travyo Jun 3 '14 at 22:06
One step to add: Create a new message, then go to the drop-down and select the shortcut with your mouse once to insert it --it won't work until you do this step. – travyo Jun 3 '14 at 22:14

You can definitely have you signature for replies and forwards. All you need to do is enable your signature as the default signature for your email address.

  1. Go to your signature menu in outlook

  2. On the bottom right hand corner you will see a button called "Default Signatures.."

  3. There you can select your signature

share|improve this answer
That's not what the question is asking. He's saying he cannot have a different signature for replies and forwards. – donturner Oct 22 '12 at 17:06

I don't know if this answer helps:

It basically says that everything after


gets stripped away. It didn't work for me though... :(

share|improve this answer

All you need to do is make your standard signature a default signature.

Outlook > Preferences > Signatures > Default Signatures and select your existing signature as the default for your email account. Works for me fine.

share|improve this answer

What I did was to create two signatures: one for new emails and one for reply/forward emails and then set my default signature to "None". Then when I am creating an email, I manually select the "Signatures" dropdown menu and select the signature that I want.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .