multiple identities in apple mail

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AndiePandie, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. AndiePandie macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2003
    I was wondering if Apple mail supports mulitiple identities and I'm just not figureing out how to do it. I have tooled around and searched online but am not really finding what I need. I have come across MailSwitcher but it isn't for multiple identities, just for being able to switch between users.

    I have downloaded Thunderbird and hacked it to set up multiple identities but I don't really care for the program much at all. I would like to use Apple mail but I'm willing to use something else if Apple mail doesn't support multiple identities. Thanks for the help! :)
  2. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Not really, no. You can enter different accounts, and put different info with them (like name, etc)... but you can't run more than one identity from the same email account, unless you change the name manually each time. But I don't think any other program does this anyway...

    So if you have multiple POP3/IMAP accounts, yes you can have different information with each. But not with a single account.

  3. AndiePandie thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2003
    Thanks Paul! I guess I'll have to stick with Thunderbird then since I was able to change that to allow me multiple identities. :)
  4. Inkmonkey macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2003
    Would it work if you used 2 different log-ins (via fast user switching) like you're able to do in Panther? That might not be what you're looking for but I'm now curious.
  5. AndiePandie thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2003
    I'm not sure. I want something that will allow me to pick an identity when replying or sending out mail.

    For example I have one main email account, and all mail gets sent there. But when I send out mail or reply to mail I want to be able pick different identities, like , but in reality it will still all be using Does that make sense?
  6. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    if you've got multiple email accounts defined in Mail, when you compose a message, you've got a dropdown for which account you want to send it from.

    if the alternate accounts are not "real," you can fill out their reply-to addresses to be "main." if you want them to reply to "andie" etc., you can, on the mail server, forward "andie" to "main".
  7. sacear macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Open -> Preferences -> Accounts -> Choose your account -> in the "Email Addresses" data entry field, add your aliases (identities), separated by a comma. Save your account.

    Now, when you compose a new email, your aliases (identities) will be in the "Account:" drop-down menu.
  8. siman macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2008

    Thanks for this, a great help.

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