I have updated my New and Reply signatures since my company changed names.
Everything works fine when emails are HTML format, but when I Reply or Forward a Plain Text email, my OLD SIGNATURE is applied. I don’t even see the old signature in the Signature Options!
Where can I access this phantom signature and update it?
There are 3 signatures templates per signature; one for each format:
- Plain Text-> .txt
- HTML-> .htm
- Rich Text-> .rtf
Normally when you update your signature via the Signature Editor, all 3 signature files are automatically updated. Under certain conditions, this is not the case. In those cases you’ll have to manually edit the formats that didn’t change automatically.
To normally open your Signature Editor, you use:
- Outlook 2007 and previous
Tools-> Options-> tab Mail Format-> Signatures…
- Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013
File-> Options-> Mail-> Signatures…
Locate the Signatures folder
To easily open the Signatures folder to access the 3 files, you can hold the CTRL button on your keyboard while clicking the Signatures… button mentioned above. If this doesn’t work for you, you can find the Signatures folder here;
- Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
- Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures
If you made a lot of changes to the signature, you can also opt to delete the files that didn’t got updated and then save the signature again in the Signature Editor (add and remove a space if the Save button is not accessible to you). The missing files should be recreated now again. Another way to go would be to copy the contents to a new signature.
Note: To find out more about using Signatures in Outlook see the guide Creating, using and managing Signatures.