macOS: Decorate Your Email With Apple Mail Stationery

An email using stationery in Apple Mail

When you send an email, do you ever wish you could quickly and easily “dress it up”? Add backgrounds, borders, or images? That feature has actually been around in Apple’s built-in Mail app for quite some time, and it turns out that it’s still there even in macOS Sierra. You can also use Apple Mail stationery to decorate your emails.

An email using Apple Mail stationery
Decorating your email is easy with stationery in Apple Mail

Finding the Email Stationery Pane

The feature is pretty well hidden for some reason. The icon you click on to open the stationery pane doesn’t really look like anything intuitive. Nevertheless, it’s waiting for you right there in the upper right corner of your window when you’re composing a new email. Let’s click on it and see how to use Apple Mail stationery.

Stationery in Apple Mail is rather hidden
Finding the stationery pane in Apple Mail isnt easy

Lo and behold, there’s the Apple Mail stationery pane. It’s organized by categories like Favorites, Birthday, Announcements, Photos, and so forth.

Various selections for stationery in Apple Mail
The stationery pane in Apple Mail

Using Apple Mail Stationery

If you choose a piece of stationery that allows photos, you’ll see blank spots to place your pictures in. Just drag an image from your Finder to insert it into its frame.

A stationery in Apple Mail that supports photos
Adding photos to some stationeries is easy

Unfortunately, you can’t just drag images from the Photos app. It seems odd that Apple wouldn’t provide this functionality, but I’ve seen other instances where dragging and dropping a picture from Photos did absolutely nothing. What you can do, however, is click on the image frame itself. A small window will pop up providing you access to your Photos library. You can drag images from that window into your email.

Adding pictures from the Photo Viewer in Apple Mail
Adding pictures from the Photo Viewer in Apple Mail

Creating Your Own Stationery in Apple Mail

You can even create your own templates to use in your email. In a new message, decorate the email the way you’d like and then click File from the top left of the menu bar, followed by Save as Stationery.

Creating your own stationery in Apple Mail
Creating your own stationery in Apple Mail

It’s Not Perfect, but It’s a Nice Feature

I wish you could drag images straight from Photos into the stationery. While the picture chooser is functional, it doesn’t have the same search capability as the actual Photos app for macOS has. Still, the feature is better than nothing when you want to dress up your email a bit.

2 thoughts on “macOS: Decorate Your Email With Apple Mail Stationery

  • The Stationary feature was last on High Sierra, it’s gone now. However, it is not difficult to drop a picture into a new email. Then hover mouse curser over upper right of picture and click on the little box that appears. Then select “Markup” to get the picture into a separate editor where a text box can be added, font and color of text selected, etc.
    You could probably even save a draft for use as a template for quick launching.
    Definitely less user friendly, but it still produces nice results.

  • When this feature was first introduced I created some custom ones. They were on my old iMac, but I still have the files so I should look into installing them.

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