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Create an Office 365 email signature

Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular for organizations both large and small. If you have made the leap to Microsoft’s cloud platform, you know that you will need to create a corporate email signature for your Office 365 users. When this email signature has been created, it will automatically be applied to all outgoing messages via an Office 365 Transport Rule.

Follow the step-by-step instructions below or watch our comprehensive video guide on how to create an Office 365 email signature using a Transport Rule.

How to setup an email signature in Office 365 using a Transport Rule

Design your HTML or plain-text email signature template and save it to a text file. For tips on designing an email signature, check the Hints & Tips section of The Email Signature Handbook.

Note: If you wish to include personalization in your Office 365 email signature, i.e. different contact details for different users, you will need to add Active Directory Attributes to the design. These will be surrounded by percentage symbols e.g. %%Display Name%%. For a full list of AD Attributes, check out this TechNet article.
Open a web browser and enter the URL https://portal.microsoftonline.com. Enter the username and password for your organization’s Office 365 tenancy ID.
Login into Office 365 to create your email signature.
From the Home screen menu, you need to choose the admin center you want. To display the Office 365 admin center, click the icon on the top left of the screen and then Admin from the menu that appears.
Choose the Office 365 admin center.
You’ll be presented with the Office 365 admin center home screen. In the bottom left of the screen, scroll down to ADMIN and click on the Exchange option.
Go to the Exchange section.
Once you are in the Exchange admin center, the left-hand pane lists the main admin options. Click on mail flow on the left-hand pane.
Go to mail flow in the Exchange admin center.
You will now arrive at the mail flow page, with a row of options along the top.
The Exchange admin center mail flow page.
From the tab list, click on rules.
Click on the rules tab.
Click the Add (+) icon and select Create a new rule… You can click ‘Apply disclaimers…’ but this means you will have to use one of the suggested Office 365 templates.
Create a new rule to start your Office 365 email signature.
A separate lightbox window will open. Give your email signature a name that you will easily remember.
Give your Office 365 email signature a name.
As not all of the signature options are displayed, click More options at the bottom of the window.
Click the More options link.
In the *Apply this rule if… section, select your desired conditions. For example, you could set it so that the sender is located inside your organization or is a member of a certain group like the marketing department.
Set conditions for your Office 365 email signature.
Under the *Do the following… section, select Apply a disclaimer to the message… and select append a disclaimer. The prepend a disclaimer option will put the signature before the email message, so don’t choose this.
Select where the Office 365 email signature should appear in a message.
Click on the Enter text… hyperlink.
This will open a new lightbox window called specify disclaimer text. Copy and paste the plain-text or HTML of your email signature design into the text box. Click OK.
Enter the plain text or HTML code of your Office 365 email signature.
You now need to specify a fallback action in the event that the signature cannot be added to an email. You have three choices available to you:
  • Wrap - this causes the message to be enclosed in a new email envelope. The signature is then added to the new message.
  • Ignore - send the email without the signature. This is the safest option to choose.
  • Reject - don’t send the email. The sender would receive an NDR saying that the message could be delivered.
If needed, you can add an exception to your email signature. You could set it so that the signature is not added to any email that is sent to a user within your organization as an example.
Once you’re happy with everything, click Save.
Your new Office 365 email signature has now been created.

Note: You’ll want to send yourself a test email just to see how the signature looks and if behaves in the way you expect it to.

Want to make this process simpler?

Creating email signatures in Office 365 does have restrictions, which are detailed in this article. It also can also be very time-consuming if you have to create signatures with lots of Transport Rules.

If you want to create, manage, update and control Office 365 email signatures easily, be it for one user, a department or a whole organization, you’ll find there is no better way than with Exclaimer Cloud – Signatures for Office 365.

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