Gmail now supports multiple rich-text signatures. However it prepends "--" before the signature. Is there a way to disable this?

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    The double-dash before the signature block is a long-standing standard in e-mail.
    – ale
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:06
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    I wouldn't say long standing I would say antiquated. Look at most professional signature blocks from large companies, double-dash is not included.
    – drye
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:47
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    And I would suggest they're doing it wrong. For one, that convention allows e-mail clients to not included the signature block when quoting for a reply.
    – ale
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 18:09
  • Interesting. They seem to have another way of detecting signatures and graying them. If you don't enable the Labs feature as Brian suggested than your signature gets turned into the purplish quoted text with the rest of the previous text... right or wrong, I like what the labs feature does better.
    – drye
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 18:22

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In "General" settings, under the signature text box, check the check-box that says

Insert this signature before quoted text in replies and remove the "--" line that precedes it.

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    Thank you! "Signature tweaks by Keith C and Dave C Places your signature before the quoted text in a reply, and removes the "--" line that appears before signatures."
    – drye
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:07
  • @drye: I was very pleased when I found it too :) Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:07
  • Totally skimmed over that line many many times. That settings page is sooooo cluttered these days. Thanks for mentioning this!
    – balupton
    Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 9:20

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