While Gmail allows you to set up and manage multiple email accounts within itself, the Gmail team seems to have overlooked the fact that each email account is meant for different purpose and you will need a different signature for each account. For sure, I don’t want to include all my business contacts when I send an email to my family members, and vice versa. Currently, Gmail allows you to set only one signature and expect you to stick with it for all your email accounts.
Luckily for Firefox users, there is a Firefox extension – Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures that enables you to insert custom html signature into your mails based on which email address you are sending form.
At the moment, Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures is still an experimental add-ons and is not yet available for the general use. However, if you sign up an account with Mozilla and log in to your account, you will be able to install it just like any other Firefox extensions.
Blank Canvas Gmail signatures allows you to create up to 4 different signatures for each email address.
When you compose a new message, or reply/forward a current message, you will find a new dropdown field beside the “From: ” field.
To create a new signature for a particular email address, first select the email adress on the From dropdown field. Next, click on the Edit Signature.
Two large text boxes will appear. You can now create your custom signature on the first text box and see the preview on the second box. It only accept html codes, which means if you want to insert a line break, you have to use the code <br/>
To insert an image signature, you have to first upload your signature image file to a Web server that can be accessed at any time with any computer. In the create signature field, place the following html image code to insert an image signature.
<img src=”http://www.your-image-file-address.com” />
In the option field, you can configure whether the signature should appear before/after the quoted text. You can also change the label for each signature for easy identification.
I found this Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures extension to be extremely useful as it eases all my frustration of having to edit the signature everytime I compose a message. Hopefully, it can get out of the experimental stage and become available for the mass public. Do you find this extension useful? What other ways do you use to create custom signature on your Gmail?