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How To: Use Multiple Signatures In Gmail

As you may know I’m an avid fan of using Gmail’s web interface, despite peoples best efforts to get me using Mac OS-X’s Mail application. One thing I have been envious of for a while is Mail.app’s ability to insert a signature of choice at a click of a button.


Thankfully, there is relatively simple solution to using multiple signatures in Gmail! You may be asking why I would need a magnitude of different email signatures? Simply put I use my Gmail account to send and receive email from over ten email addresses. So for example if I’m replying to a work email, I would like to use a more work orientated signature, including with it my work email address, where as when replying to personal emails I will want to use another signature, possibly with a link to my own site.

How to get it done

  • Head over to the Settings page, in your Gmail account. Then open the ‘Labs’ tab,
  • Enable the Canned Responses feature. (CTRL or CMD + F to find it quick!)
  • Once activated, go and compose a new message.
  • In a blank email write out your signature.
  • Use the Canned Response menu to save your signature. Giving it a name such as ‘Personal Signature’ is advised.
  • Repeat this process for each signature you desire.
  • When writing emails, simply select the signature you would like to use from the drop down Canned Responses list.
  • Done!

This is something that had been bugging me for a while, so I was pleased to find such a simple solution.

Notify – Cool Gmail Notifier

Yesterday a friend pointed me in the direction of Vibealicious’ Notify, a really neat clean alternative to Googles own Notifier. The application Notifyis for Mac users only, and all you need is a Gmail account.

Notify works in a very similar way to the official Google Notifier, but has some added touches that sets it apart for me. It has Growl notifications built in, along with support for multiple accounts via a tab interface, and an overall better user experience for quickly getting a glance at whats in your inbox. You can set the the app to check for new mail at a number of set intervals, and I have mine set to check every minute.

Of course a lot of Mac users will opt to use the Apple app ‘Mail’, but for those that just can’t break the habit of using Gmail on the web then Notify is a slick solution to knowing when you’ve got mail. If you give it a go, be sure to let me know your thoughts.

Year In Review – 2008

2008 was an interesting year. ChrisBrandrick.com had somewhat of a rollercoaster year, some months having more posts than others and at times my blog experience lots of traffic to nearly none. This is my ‘Year In Review – 2008’.


In January of 2008 I made a total of 18 blog posts, covering such topics as promoting your RSS feed for free, adding a favicon to your site, and of course my goals for the year (which I will review in an upcoming post). The site received over 1,300 unique visitors from a ;

Gmail gets themes

Gmail, the popular email service from Google which launched back in 2004 and is still in some form of beta, yesterday announced that a choice of themes are now available, this news comes only days after the Gmail team added loads of new ‘labs’ options along with video chat right within Gmail. The themes are being introduced to allow users to spice up the look of there inbox, if they so desire.

All you have to do if you want to change the look of your favorite email service is head on over to the settings page, and hit the theme tab, once there you will be presented with a healthy selection of new themes to choose from, ranging from simple colour tweaks to radical background changes. I think I will probably just go for a simple colour change as I like the simplicity of my ever busy inbox.


If you can’t see the option to choose a theme yet, fear not, as Google are rolling out the update to all users over the next few days. Be sure to let me know what theme you choose by leaving a comment.