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When changing account name the signature dissapears...please help...Outlook 2003

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I'm sure i'm not the only person to have this problem as I seem to have it every time I install outlook...

I have 4 email accounts, each with different signatures...I know for sure i have set the correct signatures properly but when I open a new message the first signature appears no problem - but as soon as I switch to a different email account, the signature dissapears. Its so bloody frustrating...

Can somebody help Please?

Thankyou.
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by:David Lee
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Hi Zee2004,

Is each account set up in its own profile, or are all 4 accounts set up in 1 profile?

Cheers!
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Hi Bluedevil,

Thanks for replying.

Yep - all accounts are set up in its own profile - so that when I'm writing an email, all I need to do is change the 'account' from the drop down list and it should just change the signature. I know it definitely can do it because I've been doing it for years but everytime I upgrade outlook I have to spend about a week trying to make it work...

This time I just can't seem to make it happen...

Regards,

Zee.
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>  all I need to do is change the 'account' from the drop down list and it should just change the signature
This indicates that each account is NOT set up in its own profile.  If it were, then you'd have to exit Outlook each time you wanted to switch accounts.  The setup you've described is all accounts set up in one profile.  In this case Outlook will always use the signature for the first, or default, account.  It will not change when you select a different account.  There is no way to make that happen without writing code.  Outlook simply is not designed to switch signatures when you switch the send through account.  If you change your setup so that each account is a separate Outlook profile, then this will work.  Each profile will be a separate entity with its own signature.
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Hi BlueDevil,

Sorry - i'm really not sure why i wrote phrased it like that but what i did actually mean was that ALL the accounts ARE in one profile.

        And, you know, that is really strange because believe me I have been using outlook for over 4 years now from 2002 through to the present and have always had all the accounts in one profile - and have been able to simply click on a different account from the drop list and voila the  signature changes. It never happens immediately, but after a few days working on it it somehow just starts to work & I leave it be until I have to upgrade or reinstall which is when I then lose it & have to figure it out all over again.

And I am 100% sure i haven't added any code to outlook simply because i don't know how to.

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No problem.  I can't say that what you describe isn't possible.  What I can say is that if there's a way to do this, then it isn't documented anywhere that I can find.  I've seen enough questions on this and have dug into it myself and the only way I can find to do it is through code.  I also know from my explorations into this that there are only two registry entries for signatures, one for new messages and one for replies and forwards.  That suggests that Outlook isn't capable of doing this.  If it were, then there'd have to be multiple registry entries, one for each signature for each account.  I have multiple accounts too, so I'm not operating in a different environment.  There are lots of "undocumented features" in software, so If you've discovered a way to make this work, then I know a lot of people who would enjoy learning how.
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Can anyone else help? How about this code angle...?
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