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A fix for Mail no longer saving signatures Apps
I had the problem that Mail.app would no longer save any signatures. I could create them and use them as long as Mail was running, but they disappeared I soon as I quit Mail. I found out that the solution is undoing the Add new buttons to Mail's preference panels hint.

This hint showed how we could add a set of Apply/Cancel/OK buttons to Mail.app dialog windows. It looked innocent enough, but broke the signatures as described above. I don't know whether this only happened with the latest upgrade or before.

[robg adds: It seems this hack also affects the ability to add new accounts, and potentially other changes in the Preferences section. I have added a warning at the beginning of the previous hint, but thought it worth mentioning this as a standalone hint in case anyone else is having odd Mail preferences issues. I had the hack installed on my machine, but hadn't noticed the problem until I was testing this fix -- and the Prefs are definitely broken with the previous hint active! Thanks to ars for finding this subtle breakage, and apologies for the original hint -- a good example of some of the risks one takes when playing around with the behind-the-scenes workings of the OS. Have you backed up lately? :)]
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Thanks!
Authored by: rwinchester on Mar 04, '04 11:36:06AM

Wow... thanks! This one has been killing me for weeks. I had resorted to creating .sigs on other machines and bringing the file over to mine.



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maybe there is another problem
Authored by: hnhansen on Mar 04, '04 02:24:41PM

There just *might* be some other problem (and solution :-) at hand here. Some weeks ago I used a homemade AppleScript to create some signatures. The signatures weren't being saved, although they were created. I have *never* applied the buttons-hack. The AppleScript works 100% OK and I have been using it for quite a while. My "solution" was to manually, visually, check that signatures were created. Only then would they be saved.



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A fix for Mail no longer saving signatures
Authored by: johram on Mar 04, '04 08:44:52PM

I did apply the button hack and this signature bug did affect me.
And undoing the button hack did fix the signature problem.

Thanks for the tip!

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Just delete it.
Authored by: digdog on Mar 05, '04 09:40:37AM

$ default delete com.apple.mail UsesButtons

done.



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A fix for Mail no longer saving signatures
Authored by: raytracer on Sep 22, '04 06:31:27PM

I have not installed this hack and yet i have this identical problem...i cannot save Sigs after quitting Mail...any other ideas?



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A fix for Mail no longer saving signatures
Authored by: atoms on Oct 06, '04 09:35:42PM

Yikes. Today I fixed it the hard way. During and after a one hour call to Apple technical support I did an Archive and Restore of the OS. That fixed the problem. PITA...

In my case, I did deploy the button hack, but the OS archive and install should fix the issue for those who did not deploy it also, since it replaces your busted Mail.app with a new copy.



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A fix for Mail no longer saving signatures
Authored by: Bob Geiger on Nov 25, '04 01:43:42PM

Have you received a fix for this? I am experiencing the same loss of signatures created in mail 1.3.9. I also did not apply the button hack. If you know of a fix please let me know

rbgeiger@optonline.net



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