How to Use Stationery in Mail for Mac to Stylize & Personalize Emails

Mar 21, 2017 - 17 Comments

Use Stationery in Mail for Mac

If you want to add some flair and customization to emails sent from your Mac, you can use the Stationery feature to personalize the appearance of emails sent from the Mail app in Mac OS. The Stationery customizations make emails look a lot more exciting than just simple text on a white background, and you can stylize an email message with various themes for birthdays, announcements, sentiments, to emphasize photos, gifts, parties, and various other stationery styles from a series of templates built into the Mac Mail app.

This offers a fun way to personalize and theme emails for events or well-wishing, and they are extremely easy to use.


You will need a modern version of Mail for Mac OS on the computer, the Stationery feature is included in Mail app for macOS Sierra 10.12 and later.

How to Use Stationery to Customize Emails on Mail for Mac

  1. Open the Mail app on Mac if you have not done so already
  2. Create a new email composition as usual, fill in the recipient, subject, etc
  3. Now click the Stationery button in the upper right corner of the composition window
  4. Click the Stationery button in Mail composition window

  5. Browse through the available email Stationery styles, clicking on each stationery will instantly restyle the email to fit the template
  6. Personal Emails with Browse through Stationery in Mail for Mac

  7. When satisfied with the stationery email style, send the message as usual

Use Stationery in Mail for Mac

You will notice some of the email stationery options also offer a placeholder for where an image can be placed in the email template, simply dragging and dropping any picture into that placeholder will embed an image.

The recipient of the email will receive the stationery styled email regardless of what email client they use, as long as it supports built-in images and HTML the styling will arrive intact to their email client whether it’s on Windows, a web email client, iPhone, iPad, another Mac, or Android.

The stationery styling works in the same way that HTML email signatures work, using the markup language to stylize and customize the email.

If stationery is a little too flashy for your needs, you can choose a more subtle approach by putting images into an email signature sent from Mac Mail or by setting a general HTML signature for Mac Mail too, which basically offer simpler styling options to sign emails with, commonly used by professionals and in office environments to include phone numbers and other details at the bottom of an email.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Pilgrim says:

    Does anyone know of any additional templates? Mail is very limited in the number and styles of templates offered. Thanks!

  2. Jen says:

    I agree,Pilgrim. I’d like to see more elegant styles.

    APPLE??

    • Lorry says:

      I totally agree — it’s time to have more of a selection than those that have been there for years! Or is there a way to access other more creative stationery?

  3. Louise says:

    Incorrect spelling of stationery (is spelt stationAry) in the email example!

  4. no way says:

    Just what we need more crap in communications. Want to send an elegant note to someone, pick up a pen and stationary. There is NOTHING personal about an email, all you do using crap like this is waste space.

    Want to impress someone, take the time to actually hand write them something.

  5. kct3937 says:

    What a hoot…cheesey backgrounds to impersonal messages; and you ask for a better selection! What’s next?

    If yur going to pick up a pen and ‘Stationary’ then you’d better lern to spel. But then they don’t teach those things in school anymore do they…readin’, writin’, ‘rithmatic!

    Try actually talking or writing, and even better, try it in English and not the crap spouted by the talking heads on TV who think that better is ‘more’ good. But then there’s always alternative facts.

  6. RM says:

    lol the 90s called, they want their eVite style emails back.

    I kid – my retired elderly Mom loves sending emails like this.

    • no way says:

      More like reality called, your mom is sucked into this impersonal BS too.

      You want to be more personal, stop emailing and texting. Call, write a hand written note, do something that is actually personal.

  7. Kathy says:

    I have a Macbook Pro 10.10.5

    Does anyone know how I can upgrade on this computer, or is it only to be had when you purchase a new one?

    • Bobby Balingo says:

      Stationery is in Mail for newer Mac OS releases. You could install macOS Sierra but it’s so buggy and poorly performing I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

      With modern Apple software the best advice is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and that is more relevant than ever before. Nowadays I would not recommend anyone update or change system software if things are working fine as is, you have plenty lose and little to gain. That’s my opinion based on my own experience.

  8. Vicki says:

    I’m dragging a photo but it will not drop, any suggestions, thank you, Vicki

  9. Cliff Tyllick says:

    You know what would really be valuable in an email client?

    Not more fru-fru the sender can add to the message, but a one-click (or keystroke) feature that strips out their stationery, their font, their styles, their color scheme and replaces it with settings I have chosen because they make it possible (or even just easier) for ME to READ the MESSAGE!

    The reader is the user who needs the most control over the presentation. Why not give it to them, Apple?

  10. BessP says:

    I’ve use stationary to send out simple invitations. Worked out fine.

  11. Howker says:

    Let me address the spelling first. Stationery is correct – Stationary is when something has not & is not intended to be moved.
    Now as to the stationary templates, yes they are badly needing some new updated ones or at least make it easy to format existing. Just finding our where they are stored to try doing any changes is next to impossible. There are 3rd party offering that are not free. You can try them for free but this is just one http://www.equinux.com/us/products/stationery/index.html
    I am not recommending it just showing an example. BTW I still write letter & with a fountain pen. Guess how I get replies….correct an email!!

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