Mail - reply using alternate mail address

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by numbatfouram, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. numbatfouram macrumors newbie

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    HI

    I've tried finding answers to this using various methods of wording but cant believe im the only person to fint this annoying or a problem

    I'm using Mail on a powerbook G4 and since Apple allowed it's .Mac customers to have additional email addresses \ aliases i have been frustrated for this reason. If i use the web interface for .Mac mail then when i reply to or create and email i get the choice of mail accounts to send from.
    My problem is i created an additional email address that i wanted to use strictly for things like Ebay and website registration like this site and keep my main account private but in the mac mail prog i cant find anyway of sending a mail or replying to a mail from a specifi or different email addres. I spent years working with MS outlook and that was so easy, just show the FROM field and put whatever you need in there but i can't figure this out on the Mac. Any ideas anyone or are most of you simply using diff email progs?
    Thanks in advance....
    Macca
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think I understand you. When you create a new message or reply to a message in Mail, do you NOT have the Account dropdown located in between the header and the body of the message, from which you can choose the account you want the mail sent from (from all the accounts you have set up in the program), or is this somehow not addressing your needs? Do you mean you want to send from an account that Mail doesn't know about?
     
  3. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....I think I understand the problem. Mail.app does not let you set up multiple accounts using the same .Mac host name. The only way that I know of is to go into Mails prefs and change the return address whenever you want to reply and have that other alias show as your address. Bit of a pain isn't it? Maybe that will get fixed in 10.4's mail.app as the whole .mac alias thing didn't exist when 10.3 first came out.....oh yeah!
     
  4. numbatfouram thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply Mohan. The problem is partial right that you are understanding... Also think i'm getting this right.

    The issuse i am having is that i only have one mail account configuerd in Mail app. On my mac.com email i have 2 email addresses, the primary one of numbatfouram@mac.com and one other is woodenboy@mac.com. So only one mail accoutn configured as the email aliases (woodenboy) come into the same account which is great. probelm comes if i want to reply FROM that same address (ie woodenboy) there is no option to choose a FROM address and if i add an additional account it wont let me send mail from that address, reason is it will not allow me to use the same uique name twice as the account (numbatfouram@mac.com). As my additional mail aliases arent email accounts (i believe) i cant log on as them and have to log on as numbatfouram to send email!!!

    does that make sense?
    Sorry if it's confusing. i just had a play with it again by setting up the additional alias for wooden boy and disabled the option to allow that mailbox to be included when receiving mail. I used to use an ISP in the UK that allowed you additional mailboxes and to use them you would use the format of "accountname+email alias" when configuring an additional mailbox. Im guessing the difference was that they were mail accounts that i controlled the setup of and assigned a password to whereas the .Mac one's are just aliases you have no control over?

    Hope that makes sense.. i'm confused on this one. If it helps please try create an additional .Mac alias and try configure Mail to send from that account as well as the mail account!!

    thanks again
    Macca

    p.s. thanks also Duff-man.. you got it. it wont let you do it. so annoying to have to log in to the web mail just to send an email from the alias account!
    hoping it's sorted soon too!
     
  5. sacear macrumors 6502

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    selectable multiple "From" aliases

    Open Mail.app -> Preferences -> Accounts -> Choose your account -> in the "Email Address" data entry field, add your aliases, separated by a comma. Save your account.

    You can even create faux accounts for this purpose. I had to do that for my .Mac aliases, because the "Email Address" data entry field is not active (it's grayed out) on my default .Mac account name email address.

    Now, when you compose a new email, your aliases will be in the "Account:" drop-down menu.
     
  6. numbatfouram thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply.. I'm still stuck as in the Email Address field it IS greyed out as you said so it won't let me type any email addresses in there?

    Am i missing something?

    Thanks for the reply
    Macca

     
  7. Electric Monk macrumors member

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    Do not make it as a .mac account type. Use it as a IMAP account type and then type in the email addresses seperated by commas.

    If you want to attach names to them (i.e. johnq@mac.com to show up as John Q) create an address book entry for them.
     
  8. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...hey, that works great (I have my .mac set as a pop3 account)...thanks for tip - I never had seen that one before!.....oh yeah!
     
  9. sacear macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, alias email addresses cannot be added to the default .Mac email account, a second account must be created for the alias email addresses. And new accounts can be created easily, so create a new "faux" account, of type IMAP (or POP) and then type in your alias identity addresses. More than one alias email address can be put into that field, just separate them with a comma. You can put the same info from your .Mac account into the other fields.

    Duff-Man: sacear says... your welcome. Oh yeah!
     
  10. zaq macrumors newbie

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    Multiple address- one account

    Apple's Mail.app program does have the ability to use different return addresses to make it appear as if it came from a different sender, while having only one account in Mail.app.

    If, on the address line in the preferences for your account, you eneter one address after another, with a comma and a space between each, the addresses will appear in a compose/reply window as available addresses to send from.

    You can access these addresses in the pop-up menu that will appear betwqeen the subject and the body of your message.

    Good luck,
    Brett Goldberg
    Computer Medics, LLC

    Apple Authorized Service Provider
    Apple Product Professional
     

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