The configuration of the signature from Thunderbird is quite simple in every way. It certainly allows you to create your signature in a simple way, if the only thing you are going to put in your signature is text, but when you want to give it some color, the thing changes a lot, especially if you do not understand html and css code.
For this reason, several tools have been created, some provided by the hosting companies themselves, other online payment and other free.
To begin we must know where we must configure the signature in Thunderbird.
Where to find your signature in Thunderbird
- We click, with the right button of the mouse, on the name of the mail account to which we want to assign the signature and select “Configuration”.
- También podemos acceder a través del menú de opciones ( normalmente situado a la derecha con tres lineas horizontales ), “Preferencias” -> “Configuración de cuenta”.
Signature options to know
- In the section “Text of the signature“, we will find the option “Use HTML“. With this option checked we can choose whether to use html code or not in the text editor of the signature. We will use the editor to create our signature, although in the example that I will explain later we will use it to paste the code generated by the signature creation tools.
- There is also the option “Attach the signature of a file (text, HTML or image.) This option allows us to import the signature from:
- a text file that only contains text,
- a file or web address that contains HTML code. This option could also be used in the example since we have the possibility to create this HTML file using most tools, however to simplify the content of this entry we will use the text box of “Signature text” directly to copy the HTML code , with the option “Attach the signature of a file” marked.
- an image that will be formed by the information that we want to show. This last one I do not recommend it since by defect (or this way it should be in all the mail managers) the images will be blocked and therefore no information of our signature will be seen until the addressee allows it from its manager of mail.
Tools to generate signatures
Tool provided by 1and1 webmail
- We will go to the login page for 1and1 webmail accounts.
- once inside our webmail, on the right side we can access through the options menu (three horizontal lines), “Edit configuration”.
- In the left menu that will appear we must go to “Mail“, “Signatures” and click on the “Add new signature” button
- Now we can give a name to the signature that will help us identify it in case we want to create more than one signature, for example for different email accounts or simply to have different templates saved.
- In this editor, we can include images and edit text easily, we also have the most common text editing tools such as bold, italic, center text, create links to web pages, typeface and colors among others.
- Once the creation of our firm is finished we can find the code by clicking on the “<>” symbol.
- Now all you have to do is select it and copy it by pressing the “CTRL + C” keys or selecting all the text that appears in the text box and pressing the right mouse button and “Copy”.
- Finally we can save the signature.
MySignature Online Tool
We consider this fantastic tool for those people who want to make a design of their firm since it has templates and its use is really simple. In addition, it also allows the preview as the signature is being created, which helps to visualize the changes quickly.
- Primetro we will go to the editor of MySignature. Once in it, we must fill in the information in the form that appears on the left. If we want we can add more fields or leave blank those that we do not want to show. The changes can be seen in the preview that appears on the right.
- Debajo de la previsualización podemos encontrar el botón para cambiar de plantilla.
- If we want to add an image, social buttons and even change the styles, we need to use the top menu to edit every detail of our signature. Once the edition is finished we can use the “Finish” button.
- Now it is only necessary to copy the code that you will find in the section “Source Code“. You can copy it by pressing the “CTRL + C” keys or by selecting all the text that appears in the text box and pressing the right mouse button and “Copy“.
Use the code in Thunderbird
Once we have the HTML code copied, we will return to the Thunderbird screen to the “Signature text” field and paste the code using “CTR + V” or right mouse button inside the text field and “Paste“.
Finally comment that the MySignature tool has some “disadvantages”:
- The images that we add are stored in the MySignature server, so they may not be visible once we use the signature, unless
- let’s pay one of the MySignature plans
- keep the image that we want to use in our hosting / server
- or send it as an attachment in the emails we send
- we will also have to modify the “src” attribute of the HTML code to use said image.
- The HTML code used for the design of the signature is made through tables (<table> element), which is not “appropriate” to design with HTML code.