Sent Items Update

By default, end users don't see their signatures added by CodeTwo in the cloud (after an email is sent). But thanks to the Sent Items Update (SIU) feature, email signatures are also visible in email apps (Outlook, OWA, mobiles, etc.) in the Sent Items folders. In this article, you will learn more about this feature and how to enable it.


Sent Items Update will work only if CodeTwo Email Signatures 365 operates in cloud (server-side) or combo mode. In the case of combo mode, only cloud (server-side) signatures will be added to emails in the Sent Items folders.

How Sent Items Update works

Sent Items Update works as a separate CodeTwo service in Azure. SIU needs to be registered in your tenant's Microsoft Entra ID (Azure Active Directory) in order to update Sent Items in the mailboxes of your users.


The service is totally independent of your mail flow and the functioning of your Microsoft 365 tenant, which means it has no influence on your email processing and delivery time. Your emails are not stored anywhere. Moreover, Sent Items Update does not require any service accounts to operate as the entire authentication and authorization process uses OAuth 2.0. Learn more about security

Updating sent emails with signatures usually takes a few seconds (it might take longer if the SIU service runs in high-volume or low-performance Azure environments).

Which signature is inserted when an email is sent to multiple recipients

When you send an email to multiple recipients, to whom different rules (and signatures) apply, this message is divided into several identical copies, and the software adds a corresponding signature to each copy (learn more). However, you will only see one email in your Sent Items folder. This email will be the message copy that was processed last by the CodeTwo cloud service. What matters is the fact that even though you only see one signature in the Sent Items folder, all of your email recipients get the right signature, based on the signature rules that apply to them.

Emails sent as / on behalf of other users

If you enabled message copying in your Exchange Online, Sent Items Update works with messages sent by users with delegate (Send As or Send on Behalf) rights to other mailboxes. SIU updates messages in the Sent Items folder of a person who appears to be the sender. See this article for details.

Learn how to assign delegate rights in Microsoft 365

Emails sent as / on behalf of shared mailboxes

If you use shared mailboxes, the SIU works in the same way as described in this section. Message copying needs to be enabled for shared mailboxes.

See this Knowledge Base article to learn more about using the software with shared mailboxes.

How to turn on Sent Items Update

By default, the Sent Items Update feature is disabled and needs to be enabled by an admin in CodeTwo Admin Panel to start updating sent emails.

Sent Items Update works per tenant, i.e. you have to turn it on for each Microsoft 365 tenant separately.

To enable Sent Items Update:

  1. Sign in to CodeTwo Admin Panel.
  2. On the Tenants page, select the tenant for which you want to enable Sent Items Update.
  3. Go to Sent Items Update in the left menu and use the toggle shown in Fig. 1. to turn the Sent Items Update feature on.

Enabling Sent Items Update in CodeTwo Admin Panel.
Fig. 1. Enabling Sent Items Update in CodeTwo Admin Panel.

  1. Sign in using your Microsoft 365 tenant global admin credentials and accept the required permissions.


    Your credentials are completely safe as they are passed directly and only to Microsoft servers, which is ensured by the OAuth 2.0 authorization protocol. CodeTwo does not store, copy or have access to your credentials.

  2. Sent Items Update should start working in your tenant within a few minutes (in some cases, it can take up to an hour for the service to be deployed in Azure).


The updating process starts after an email is passed to EOP, so it may take from a few to over a dozen seconds before a user sees the updated message in their Sent Items folder.

The SIU service only updates messages in the original Sent Items folder. If a user has any OWA/Outlook rules enabled that instantly move messages from the Sent Items folder to another location (including the subfolders of the Sent Items folder), the SIU service will not be able to find and process them. If possible, execute such rules manually or with a delay, to allow some time for the SIU service to update your sent emails.


Messages are not updated in the Sent Items folder

If you already enabled Sent Items Update and the messages are not updated, follow the steps below.

  • Check with the recipient if the sender's emails are stamped with signatures at all, to rule out improper signature rules or connectors' configuration as the source of the problem. Also, check the service's status.
  • Sign in to Outlook on the web (OWA) to access your Sent Items folder directly on the server. If you see that messages are updated in the Sent Items folder in OWA, this means the service is working properly and the problem lies in your email client.


If you use Microsoft Outlook, emails in your Sent Items folder might not always be refreshed and displayed correctly. This is usually caused by Outlook's default behavior in the Cached Exchange mode, and is not related to the SIU service. See this article to learn how to solve this problem.

Signatures are not displayed in Outlook on the web (OWA)

Emails in the Sent Items folder are not always correctly displayed in Outlook on the web (OWA). Sometimes to see the signatures you might need to refresh the whole OWA page or open your message in a separate window. This is an Outlook on the web issue, not related to the CodeTwo software. See this Knowledge Base article to learn more.

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