A nice graphical element in an email signature appeals to me - does it appeal to you?
When CBS Interactive decided to move to Google Enterprise Apps, it took me a frustratingly longer time than it should have to figure out how to add the graphical element to my signature. Allow me to save you some frustration by showing how to set it up.
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Have the right viewThe most important thing is to have the right email view. As you can see in Figure B, I am using the Plain Text version of the Gmail email composing tool. Note the lack of formatting options (red arrow).
Plain Text means plain text - no formatting options.This is where the frustrating part comes in (at least until I figured it out), when you click the gear icon in the upper right corner to get to the Mail Settings Screen (Figure C), you'll see that the signature area is for Plain Text only and there is no way to switch to a Rich Text view from the Mail Settings Screen.
No way to switch to Rich Text from the Options Screen.You have to go back to the Inbox and then to a Compose Email screen and click the Rich formatting link shown in Figure B. This will change the Compose Email screen to look like Figure D, with several Rich Text options now available.
The Rich Text Compose Email screen is now available.Now, when you click the gear icon to get to the Mail Settings Screen (Figure E) you will see that the signature box is willing to accept the HTML code and other Rich Text formatting you'll need to create a graphical signature.
Rich Text is now available for your signature.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.