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How to Set Up an Automatic Signature for Replies in MailMate

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The long and short of email signatures is that you want to include as much but no more than necessary, and so you pick different signatures for new messages (long) and for replies (condensed)?

In MailMate, you do not have to switch between the signatures manually. Configured to deal with signatures by message type, MailMate will select the appropriate signature automatically.

Set Up an Automatic Signature for Replies in MailMate

To add a signature automatically used for replies in MailMate:

  • If you have not yet set up a signature especially for replies:
    • Select MailMate | Preferences… from the menu in MailMate.
    • Go to the Signatures tab.
    • Click +.
    • Type "Reply" (or another descriptive title) under Name:.
    • Enter the desired signature for replies under Signature:.
    • Click OK.
    • Close the Signatures preferences window.
  • Quit MailMate.
  • Open Terminal.
  • Type "defaults write com.freron.MailMate MmDynamicSignatureMethod -string messageType" (not including the quotation marks).
  • Hit Enter.
  • Start MailMate.
  • In the first reply you compose after the change:
    • Click Signature in the message's toolbar (right above the message text).
    • Select Reply (or the name you picked for your reply signature) from the menu that comes up.
    • Continue composing your message and eventually send it.
  • In the first new message you compose after the change:
    • Make sure your standard signature is selected.

Turn Off Signature Selection by Message Type in MailMate

To revert MailMate's automatic signature selection back to the standard (which is making a best guess based on what you've used in the past for similar messages):

  • Quit MailMate.
  • Open Terminal.
  • Type "defaults delete com.freron.MailMate MmDynamicSignatureMethod" (excluding the quotation marks).
  • Hit Enter.

(Updated January 2012)

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