How to Backup/Restore Outlook 2013 Signatures in Windows 8

You might have setup several signatures for various types of emails in Outlook 2013. If you need to move from my old Windows 7 computer to a new computer running Windows 8, the rules and signatures can not be exported automatically and the .pst file for messages doesn’t include such information so you need to make a restore.

How to Backup/Restore Outlook 2013 Signatures* By default they are stored in the following location in Windows 8 and 7:

Here’s how to access the folder
* Click the File tab within Outlook 2013.
* On the left list of screen, click “Options” from the menu items.
* In dialog box, click Mail on the left side
* Go to the right pane, under the Compose messages section, press and hold the Ctrl (control key) and also click on the Signatures button at the same time, and then release the CTRL key.
* Now the FIle Explorer will open the Signatures folder used by Outlook. Each of them exists in three formats, including Rich Text (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt) and HTML (.htm).

To Backup Signatures
* Select all of the files and folders from there, right-click on them and choose Copy
* Create a new folder to where you like to keep it, and paste the contents into the new folder.
To Restore them back again
* Copy them from your backup location to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures in the new device.
* Open Outlook 2013 to check if the saved signatures are available.


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