Prevent Outlook from adding a signature to custom templates and forms

Outlook incorrectly adds my signature to this custom template

Outlook templates (.oft file extension) are a great time saver if you routinely send preformatted e-mails. I use such templates almost every day--one that alerts other TechRepublic editors of the articles, downloads, and galleries I publish and another for contributor check requests.

Unfortunately, I also use Outlook's signature feature and was constantly annoyed when Outlook inserted my signature above my template's text--which included a signature--when opening a new message. I wanted to continue using a signature, but was tired of deleting it every time I used a template.

I searched in vain for more than a year, and finally found an relevant registry hack in MSKB article 840393, Multiple signatures added on a custom multi-page form in Outlook 2003.

The MSKB article also claims the problem was fixed in Microsoft Office 2003 SP 1. As I have Office SP 2 and still have the problem, I thought I would try the registry hack.

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...