moderated Re: [External] cool trick with signatures in Outlook

Van Lant, Robin


I can, in fact, edit in the box.  For example, I needed to update a small item in the signature I use for this list.  I navigated to the box and made the tweak right there. JAWS read everything in that box. To prove my point to myself, I just went there now and created a brand new signature from scratch within the box and it worked just fine.  My point was that, because I am often including hyperlinks in my signatures, I  prefer to build the original layout in the email, then copy and paste it into the edit box. I can then edit from there.


I am using the February  release of JAWS 2020 and Microsoft Outlook Subscription Version 16.0.11929.20776 on my company laptop.  I know I have seen this issue several of you are referencing, it’s just not currently an issue for me. I’ll have  to go see how this works on my personal laptop running a similar setup.






From: <> On Behalf Of Bill White
Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:32 PM
Subject: Re: [External] cool trick with signatures in Outlook


That's what everyone is saying, Robin. You should be able to edit the signature field while you are in it. You shouldn't need to format the signature in Word, the email body, or somewhere else. The fact that you need to format the signature somewhere else says explicitly that the edit box is inaccessible.


Bill White



From: [] On Behalf Of Van Lant, Robin via
Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: [External] cool trick with signatures in Outlook



I just tweaked one of my existing signatures without issue.  I find it most straight forward to shift tab past the Cancel and OK buttons to the edit field.  This is what JAWS tells me when I do that:


OK Button‑
Edit signature

Alt Tl
Signatures and Stationery


So, it’s a bit verbose as it lands in that edit field, which is the first shift tab after the OK button.  I typically type and format the signature as I want it in Word or in the email body, then cut and paste it into the edit box. 


The list of signatures you have created seems to be the found as a list with one tab from when the dialog opens.  There is a lot of clutter between this list and the edit box, which is why shift tabbing  works best.  H





From: <> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [External] cool trick with signatures in Outlook


Now if the Outlook engineers would only make the edit box for creating your signature accessible ... it isn't as far as I can tell.

Or, do you have a trick for that other than getting someone with eyes that work?



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On Jun 3, 2020, at 12:19 PM, Cook, Steve <Steve.Cook@...> wrote:

You can also use Alt M and then choose your signature.


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From: <> On Behalf Of Van Lant, Robin via
Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 3:16 PM
To: JFW List ( <>
Subject: [External] cool trick with signatures in Outlook


I accidentally discovered a cool trick in Outlook.  If you have more than one type of  email signature, based on the audience of your email, I thought we  had to go select the one we wanted each time from the Insert Ribbon under signatures.  Here’s the trick, as long as you have a default signature in any new email you create, you can simply arrow down into that signature text and open the context menu.  The list of your signatures are right there for you to select from and the whole thing will quickly update.   Sometimes the Outlook developers surprise me with the shortcuts they code.


Using Windows 10, JAWS 2020, Office 365

Robin Van Lant



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