Public Affairs


Email signature

Follow these instructions to create a signature in Thunderbird that includes Reed's centennial seal above your personal information.

  1. Copy and paste the following HTML code into a text editing program like Notepad or Wordpad (for Windows) or TextEdit (for Mac).
Do not use Microsoft Word.
  2. <div style="padding-left:10px; line-height:16px;  margin-top:12px;">
    <p style="font-family:'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Grande',
    sans-serif; font-size: 12px; margin:0; padding:0;">

    <span style="color:#555;">
    Name</span><br />
    Title<br />
    Department or Office<br />
    Reed College</p></div>

    <div style="padding-left:10px; line-height:16px; margin-top:12px;">
    <p style="font-family:'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Grande',
    sans-serif; font-size: 12px; margin:0; padding:0;">
    Phone: ###/###-####<br />
    Fax: ###/###-####<br />
    Email address<br /></p></div>
  3. Replace the name, title, department or office, phone, fax, and email with your personal information.
  4. Save the file as signature.html.
    • If you're using TextEdit on a Mac, change the format of the file to plain text before saving. Format -> Make Plain Text
    • If your text editor doesn't allow you to save .html files, save the file as plain text (.txt) and close the text editor. Then, locate the file on your computer and replace the .txt extension with .html.
  5. In Thunderbird, go to Tools -> Account Settings.
  6. On the main Account Settings screen, click the "Attach this signature" box.
  7. Click the "Choose..." button and select the signature file that you created and saved on your computer in steps 1-3.
  8. On the Composition and Addressing screen, check the "Compose messages in HTML format" box.
  9. Click the "OK" button to close the Account Settings dialogue box.
  10. Go to Tools -> Options (Windows) or Thunderbird -> Preferences (Mac)
  11. On the Composition screen, click the "Send Options..." button and choose "Send the message in both plain text and HTML" option from the drop down menu. Click the "OK" button.
  12. [Optional] On the Composition screen, set the Font to Lucida Sans and the Size to medium. Close the preference screen.

The next time you compose a message in Thunderbird, you should see your email signature at the bottom of the message body. Translated to HTML, the signature looks like this (without the border):

centennial email signature