Last reviewed on December 30, 2013   —  8 Comments

When you use custom forms or email templates, Outlook will add a signature to the form, if one is assigned to your email account. You can prevent this by adding a key to the registry. This key is an all-or-nothing deal – you can’t apply it to some custom forms and not others.

If you want a signature on some forms but not others, your choices are:

  1. Set the registry value and add a signature to the template or form before saving the template or custom form
  2. Set the registry value and insert a signature when you use the form
  3. Don’t use the registry value and delete the signature from the form each time.

Edit the Registry

This registry key works with Outlook 2002 and up. If you don’t want to edit the registry, a ready-to-run reg file is listed below.

  1. Open the registry editor by typing regedit into the Start menu’s Search field (Windows 7 & Vista) or by press Windows key + R on your keyboard (all versions of Windows).
  2. Browse to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\xx.0\Outlook\Options key in the registry
  3. Right click on the Options key and choose Add > DWORD
  4. Type or paste NoAutosigOnCustomForms as the name
  5. Double click on NoAutosigOnCustomForms and enter a value of 1 if you don’t want the autosignature added.

You’ll need to restart Outlook for the change to take effect.

No AutoSignature on Templates and Custom forms

Outlook 2013

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Options
DWORD: NoAutosigOnCustomForms
Data Value: 1 = no signature; 0 = uses signature (the default)

Outlook 2010

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options
DWORD: NoAutosigOnCustomForms
Data Value: 1 = no signature; 0 = uses signature (the default)

Outlook 2007

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Options
DWORD: NoAutosigOnCustomForms
Data Value: 1 = no signature; 0 = uses signature (the default)

Outlook 2003

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Options
DWORD: NoAutosigOnCustomForms
Data Value: 1 = no signature; 0 = uses signature (the default)

Outlook 2002

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Options
DWORD: NoAutosigOnCustomForms
Data Value: 1 = no signature; 0 = uses signature (the default)

To restore the default behavior of adding a signature to custom forms and templates, delete NoAutosigOnCustomForms from the registry or change the value to 0.

Do it for me

If you don’t want to edit the registry yourself, you can download one of the *reg file for your version and run it.

Outlook 2013 Outlook 2010 Outlook 2007
Outlook 2003 Outlook 2002(XP)

To restore the default behavior of adding a signature, open the downloaded *.reg file using Notepad and change the 1 to a 0 then save and double click to run the *.reg.

No signature: “NoAutosigOnCustomForms”=dword:00000001
Signature: “NoAutosigOnCustomForms”=dword:00000000
Delete value: “NoAutosigOnCustomForms”=-

Comments

  1. Jamey says

    Can you please provide a vbscript that would do the same as the reg files so it could be included with a custom form?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jamey

  2. Erin says

    I've created a template which I need to share with other members of the organization. They will use this template to reach out to clients. I need to remove the automatic email signature from the template itself since I cannot ask each end user to edit their registry. Is this possible?

    • Diane Poremsky says

      The easiest way is to push the reg key out using group policy when the user logs in. AFAIK, there is no way to prevent it otherwise.

      The signature that is added should be their own signature... if its adding your sig, you need to delete the contents of the body before you save it.

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