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A fix for Mail no longer saving signatures Apps
I had the problem that 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 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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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!

Send your windows friends over to

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

$ default delete UsesButtons


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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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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 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

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