How Do I Add a Cursive Signature to My Email?

By Jon Stefansson

Emails are increasingly replacing letters as a form of written communication as well as becoming an acceptable means of formal correspondence. Many business and domestic email users have created signatures for their emails, which lend authority and a sense of formality to the text. Creating your own signature, in a cursive or "handwritten" style, can give your emails a professional appearance and improve presentation. For business, cursive signatures can provide a sense of uniformity and consistency from email to email.

In Microsoft Outlook

Step 1

Run Microsoft Outlook and click the Tools menu. Select Options and click the Mail Format tab.

Step 2

Choose the type of email you want the new signature to apply to from the Compose In This Message Format list. Note: rich text emails do not support cursive fonts.

Step 3

Under Signature click Signatures, followed by New.

Step 4

Type a name for the signature in the box.

Step 5

Select Next from the Choose How To Create Your Signature menu.

Step 6

Type your name in the Signature Text box. Change to a cursive font like Lucida Handwriting or Bradley Hand by highlighting the signature text and clicking Font.

Step 7

Click "Finish." Start a new email and click the Insert menu. Select Signature and choose the name of the signature you assigned in Step 4. The signature will enter the text of the email.

In Apple Mail

Step 1

Run Mail and click select Preferences from the Mail menu.

Step 2

Select the Signatures tab.

Step 3

Select All Signatures from the left column and click the plus symbol under the middle column.

Step 4

Run TextEdit, the native Apple text-editing software, and type your name using a cursive font like Lucida Handwriting or Bradley Hand.

Step 5

Copy and paste the cursive signature text into the right-hand column of Mail's signature preferences.

Step 6

Drag the signature from the middle column to the email account it will apply to, listed in the left column. For example, drag Signature #1 to the Gmail account. Click the red X in the top left corner to exit.

Step 7

Start a new email. In the right of the message window, above the main text box, will be the Signatures drop-down menu. Select the signature from the list to add it to the email.