Default send-from email address in Mail?

ravenvii

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I have two email addresses set up with Mail. But I want one of them to be the default email address when I compose a new message. I often forget to change the email address and end up sending with an email address I didn't want to use.

Mail 2.0 has this, but I can't seem to find it anywhere in Mail 3.0?
 

fistful

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I think you just put the account you want to be default at the top of the preferences -> accounts. That's how it works in Mail 2, I assume it's the same for Mail 3.

edit: nevermind, that wasn't it. That is one of the things I tried when I was trying to figure out how to change the default. I don't remember then changing it in the composing tab of the prefs but I must have.

Try it though, might be how it's done in Mail 3.0.
 

LMO

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Go to Mail, Preferences and click on Accounts. Set the Outgoing Mail Server to whatever account you want to use, and check "Use only this server."

You'll only need to set this for the "other" account.
 

ravenvii

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Go to Mail, Preferences and click on Accounts. Set the Outgoing Mail Server to whatever account you want to use, and check "Use only this server."

You'll only need to set this for the "other" account.
No, I don't want to *always* send from one email address. I only want it to be the default selected email address when I compose a new message. Otherwise, if I reply to a message, I do want it to default to the email address I received the message in, and I do want to have the option of choosing the email address I want to send from if I desire so.

This is the behavior in Tiger. If Apple omitted this in Leopard, then that is sheer retardation.
 

ravenvii

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Aha, I found it. To choose an account from which to send all messages, choose Mail > Preferences > Composing. Then choose an account from the “Send new mail from” pop-up menu.
 

Europe calling

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I found the solution!

No, I don't want to *always* send from one email address. I only want it to be the default selected email address when I compose a new message. Otherwise, if I reply to a message, I do want it to default to the email address I received the message in, and I do want to have the option of choosing the email address I want to send from if I desire so.

This is the behavior in Tiger. If Apple omitted this in Leopard, then that is sheer retardation.
You have to arrange the accounts in the INBOX part of the sidebar in the main mail window.
The top one will then be the default account from which you'll send mail from.

Cheers:)
 

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The result is the same

Aha, I found it. To choose an account from which to send all messages, choose Mail > Preferences > Composing. Then choose an account from the “Send new mail from” pop-up menu.
You' ll get the same results by reordering the inboxes in the sidebar. This way you can change it on the fly without having to go to account prefs.

Anyway, it works in Leopard!
 

Auctioneer

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I have two email addresses set up with Mail. But I want one of them to be the default email address when I compose a new message. I often forget to change the email address and end up sending with an email address I didn't want to use.

Mail 2.0 has this, but I can't seem to find it anywhere in Mail 3.0?
Ravenvii - I finally figured out how to do this after numerous embarrassing emails sent from my personal account. A visual reminder doesnt work for me, I need to be 100% sure they were always sending from same email account regardless of where they were sent from, here is how you do it:

Step 1 – Set default under preferences – composing – to send new messages from (select desired email). This will make all NEW emails send from that address.

Step 2 – To change all reply emails to reply from same email regardless of where the message was sent from, go into preferences – accounts – and under each account change the email address to your desired email from, and change outgoing server to only send from desired email, need to check the box below. I have tested replying from various inboxes and it so far has always been from my correct email. Hope this helps, as I was horrified when I saw my college email in an outgoing email to a CEO. Lovely.
 

Spikeefix

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Thanks, OP! What a timely post for me! I've had this issue for probably a year or so, but have really been missing the boat on these outgoing messages recently. This is exactly what I needed.

You have saved our lives. We are eternally grateful! :D
 

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