Apple Mail Yosemite, setup, change, add, install email signature
Install your HTML email signature in no time, following our easy instruction guide for installing your email signature in Apple Mail (Yosemite 10.10).
Before you start
You will need:
- Apple Mail installed and open (OSX Version Yosemite 10.10)
- Your email signature file (.html file) open in either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser.
Why only use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to open my email signature HTML file?
We don't recommend you use Safari or IE to open the HTML file, as there are some bugs in these browsers that can cause your email signature to look different when it's pasted into Apple Mail (Yosemite 10.10).
Where do I find my email signature HTML file?
- If you are an Email Signature Rescue member and are logged into your account, you can open your HTML file directly from your Dashboard, by clicking on the Full Screen button. Please make sure that you are logged into your account using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
- If you have been emailed your HTML file, go to the email and open the file in either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
- If you have your HTML file saved on your computer hard drive, navigate to where you have saved the HTML file and Open > Open With > Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
- If you don't have an email signature HTML file, join Email Signature Rescue now and get creating!
Written Instructions (Recommended)1Step 1:
With your email signature .html file open in either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser, select the entire file by using Command + A (hold the Command button and press A at the same time, this selects all of your email signature), then press Command + C (hold the Command button and press C at the same time, this copies all of your email signature).
Important: Do not use your mouse to highlight the email signature, only use Command + A. If you use your mouse, you may miss out on grabbing some of the HTML code and this can result in errors.2Step 2:
Now swap over to Apple Mail (version 10.10 Yosemite) and create a new email signature. To create a new email signature, go to your top toolbar and select Mail > Preferences.
then clicking on the "Signatures" tab to the top right. You should then see your email accounts in the left hand side of this window. Select the email account that you would like your email signature to be associated with, highlight it and then press the + icon at the bottom to create a new signature.3Step 3:
Give the signature a name and then click into the signature text box and delete all of the contents. When the signature text box is completely empty, press Command + V to paste your email signature in. Make sure to choose your new signature to assign it to your emails. If the box under the signature settings box says Choose Signature: "None", select the signature you would like to use from the dropdown list.
Important: The signature will not show properly when you paste it in here. It may look like a blank image or the text may look all distorted. Don't worry about this. Test your email signature is installed correctly by composing a new email message instead.
Follow our video instructions for installing a HTML email signature in Apple Mail (OSX Yosemite 10.10):
These are our advanced email signature installation instructions for installing a HTML email signature in Apple Mail (OSX Yosemite 10.10). These should only be used if you are having issues with installing your email signature using our recommended instructions, or have been advised by Email Signature Rescue Support Staff to do so.1Step One:
Download your HTML file from the Email Signature Rescue Dashboard. Open the Email Signature Rescue HTML file using TextEdit or TextMate2 or if you have different HTML reading/writing software, any one is fine.
Your file should look like this when it's open in TextEdit:
If you do not see HTML code when you open this file like the example above, you may need to change some preferences in TextEdit. This can be done by going to the top toolbar and selecting TextEdit > Preferences - Click on Restore All Defaults button at the bottom. Then under Format settings at the top select the "Plain Text" radio button. Click on the "Open and Save" tab at the top, and tick "Display HTML files as HTML code" at the top of this page. You will only need to do this, if your TextEdit program does NOT show html code the first time you open it.2Step Two:
Open Apple Mail and create a new signature. To create an email signature, go to your top toolbar and select Mail > Preferences.
then clicking on the "Signatures" tab to the top right. You should then see your email accounts in the left hand side of this window. Select the email account that you would like your email signature to be associated with, highlight it and then press the + icon at the bottom to create a new signature.
Save the signature then close the Mail program. This is important, Mail must be closed now so we can edit the email signature we just created. If you do not quit the Mail program now, it will not work correctly and you will have to start all over again.3Step Three:
Open Finder. In the finder menu options click on "Go" and then select "Go to Folder".
In the Go to Folder window enter
You can copy and paste the path above into Finder. Don't forget to include the ~ character in the front, it's important.
This is where you should be in Finder as pictured below.
Important: If using iCloud and you will need to locate your file here instead. (You can find out if you are using iCloud by checking System Preferences > iCloud).
Now find the signature you just created. The file you are looking for ends in .mailsignature. The correct .mailsignature file will be created on today's date.
For example, D879F2D5-CCA1-4BCA-AA5F-5EEB54995957.mailsignature
Open this file using TextEdit or TextMate2 (Open With > Other > Applications > TextEdit).
If using iCloud and you cannot locate the .mailsignature files, you will need to complete one more step. Please contact support through your member account to help you locate these files.4Step Four:
You need to now Copy (Command C) the entire code from the Email Signature Rescue HTML file (usually named something like email_signature.html) and paste (Command V) the code into the .mailsignature file.
Important! You need to leave the header text in the mail signature, do not paste over the header text. See image below. Save the .mailsignature file > Save. (or Command S).5Step Five:
If you are using iCloud, do not complete Step Five. You do not need to lock the file.
Select the email signature file in Finder. Press "Command I" and then tick the "Locked" tick box (see image below)
If you use iCloud and your HTML email signature appears blank after you have followed our instruction guide, you will need to do the following:
Go to System Preferences > iCloud
Uncheck "documents & data"
This is a known issue with Apple Mail, you can read more about it here. It looks like Apple are aware of the issue and working on it.
Congratulations! You will now see your brand spanking new Email Signature when sending emails from Apple Mail Yosemite OSX 10.10.
Please note: Images will not show in the Apple Mail signature editor box, test your signature by composing an email instead.
If you have tried our Recommended Written Instructions or Video Instructions for installing your signature into Apple Mail (Yosemite 10.10) and you run into any issues, please read through this troubleshooting guide before contacting Support for further help.
My social icons are stacking vertically
Do not use the Safari browser to open the HTML file, as this will result in errors. If you find your icons are stacking vertically, rather than running horizontally when you paste your email signature into Apple Mail (Yosemite), then you have probably used Safari to open the HTML file. Use either Google Chrome (available here) or Mozilla Firefox (available here) browsers instead.
My images are not showing when I paste my signature into Apple Mail (Yosemite)This is perfectly normal. Test that your email signature is working correctly by sending yourself a test email.
When I compose an email, it's composing in plain text
If you don't see any images or colors in your email signature when you compose a new message, it's most likely that you have set your compose settings to compose emails in plain text. Go to....
I have created and saved my signature following the guide, but it's not showing up when I compose a new email
You may have missed assigning the signature to the right email account. Check that the signature you created is assigned to the email account you are sending from. See Step 2 in the Written Instructions. Alternatively, you may not have chosen the signature in the last step. If next to Choose Signature you see "None", select the signature. See step 3.
Need more help?
If you are still having issues with installing your email signature in Apple Mail (Yosemite 10.10), you can try following our Advanced email signature installation guide by clicking on the Advanced link. However, these instructions are quite technical so please don't hesitate to reach out for support if you need it. You can also contact our Member Support Team through your Email Signature Rescue account at any time.
Important: These instructions are for Apple Mail Yosemite OSX 10.10 only. We have installation guides for all other versions too.
To find out which version you are using, click on the Apple logo in the top left hand corner of the top toolbar, and select "About This Mac".
Issues installing your email signature into Yosemite 10.10. Read this support article here.