How to add signatures to Office 365 shared mailboxes
You would like to add email signatures to shared mailboxes in Office 365.
CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 supports Office 365 shared mailboxes. Your shared mailboxes might need to be reconfigured if you want to use all features of the program. Click the links below to learn more.
- Create a dedicated signature for a shared mailbox - find out how to configure the program to add signatures to shared mailboxes and learn when signatures are added.
- Configure a shared mailbox in Microsoft 365 admin center - learn how to configure users' delegate rights (Send As / Send on Behalf) and message copying in Office 365 and how it relates to signatures added by the program.
If signatures are not added to emails sent as your shared mailbox, see Troubleshooting.
If you want the program to add a dedicated signature to emails sent from your shared mailbox, you need to:
- Create a new signature rule in the Manage Signatures App. Learn more
- On the Senders tab, add your shared mailbox to the list of conditions, as shown in Fig. 1.
- Go to the Design tab and compose a signature for your shared mailbox (Fig. 2.).
- Configure the other rule settings according to your preferences.
- Save all changes.
From now on, depending on the sender's delegate rights (Send As / Send on Behalf), emails sent from this shared mailbox will be stamped with the signature you created for this mailbox or with the signature of the sender:
- If a user sends an email as a shared mailbox (default), CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 recognizes the email as sent by the shared mailbox and adds the signature defined for this mailbox (Fig. 3.).
- If a user sends an email on behalf of a shared mailbox, the CodeTwo software identifies this user as the sender and adds the signature defined for this user (Fig. 4.), according to your rules.
If you want to configure users' delegate rights to your shared mailbox, see this section.
Office 365 shared mailboxes need to be correctly configured if you want to use all the features of CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 (including the Sent Items Update service).
- Configure users' delegate rights (Send As / Send on Behalf) to a shared mailbox
- Enable message copying to the Sent Items folder of a shared mailbox
Signatures added to shared mailboxes by the CodeTwo software are based on the sender's delegate rights, as mentioned earlier.
To assign delegate permissions to users, you need to:
- Open your Microsoft 365 admin center (Office 365 admin center).
- Choose Groups > Shared mailboxes from the navigation menu on the left and select a shared mailbox that you want to configure. The settings window opens (Fig. 5.).
- Click Customize permissions in the Members section (see Fig. 5.).
- A new window opens (Fig. 6.). Configure users who can send as and send on behalf of this shared mailbox. Depending on these delegate permissions, when users send emails as / on behalf of the shared mailbox, the CodeTwo software adds the signature configured for this mailbox / for the original sender. Learn more
If message copying is enabled for your Office 365 shared mailbox, the messages sent by users with delegate (Send As / Send on Behalf) rights are copied to the Sent Items folder of the shared mailbox. This allows the CodeTwo Sent Items Update (SIU) service to update the Sent Items folder of your shared mailbox with signatures.
To configure message copying in Office 365, you need to:
- Access the settings of your shared mailbox (see steps 1-2 from Configure users' delegate rights...).
- If message copying to Sent Items is disabled (see Fig. 7.), you need to turn it on. Click Edit next to Sent Items to open the configuration window.
- Turn on all copying mechanisms, as shown in Fig. 8.
When message copying is enabled, all emails sent by users as / on behalf of your shared mailbox will be copied to the Sent Items folder of this mailbox. The CodeTwo Sent Items Update service can update these emails with signatures, depending on the senders' delegate permissions:
- If a user sends an email as a shared mailbox, SIU recognizes the email as sent by the shared mailbox and updates only the message copy in the Sent Items folder of the shared mailbox, with the signature defined for this mailbox (Fig. 9.). The original email in the user's Sent Items is not updated with any signature.
- If a user sends an email on behalf of a shared mailbox, SIU identifies this user as the sender and updates only the message in the Sent Items folder of the user, with the signature defined for this user (Fig. 10.). The message copy in the shared mailbox's Sent Items is not updated with any signature.
Emails sent as a shared mailbox are not getting signatures
You configured CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 so that only senders belonging to a specific group (or groups) can get email signatures (as explained in the user's manual). You noticed that emails sent as your shared mailbox are not stamped with any signature.
To solve this problem, you need to check if your shared mailbox is added (as a member) to the group whose members get email signatures from CodeTwo. If not, you need to add it. You can do it in the Microsoft 365 admin center (Fig. 11.) or Exchange admin center.
Also, you need to open Exchange admin center and make sure that your shared mailbox is not added as an additional group in the conditions of the CodeTwo Exchange transport rule, as shown in Fig. 12. In the example, the group Users with CodeTwo signatures contains all users who should get email signatures, and the shared mailbox was added directly to the The sender is a member of this group condition. Such a configuration is a common mistake and will not work because shared mailboxes are not treated as group objects in Azure Active Directory. As a result, the condition is not fulfilled.
If your transport rule configuration is similar, you need to:
- Remove your shared mailbox from the The sender is a member of this group condition.
- Add the shared mailbox to a group: it can be the group with users who get email signatures (in the example above, this group is Users with CodeTwo signatures) or you can choose another group or create a new one.
- Add the group that includes your shared mailbox as a member to the conditions of the CodeTwo transport rule.
- MS Support article on how to create a shared mailbox in Office 365
- MS Support article on how to add a shared mailbox to Outlook on the web (OWA)