multiple identities in apple mail

AndiePandie

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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! :)
 

rainman::|:|

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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.

paul
 

AndiePandie

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Thanks Paul! I guess I'll have to stick with Thunderbird then since I was able to change that to allow me multiple identities. :)
 

Inkmonkey

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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.
 

AndiePandie

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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, main@email.com 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 andie@email.com , blahblah@email.com but in reality it will still all be using main@email.com. Does that make sense?
 

zimv20

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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".
 

sacear

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AndiePandie said:
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, main@email.com 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 andie@email.com , blahblah@email.com but in reality it will still all be using main@email.com. Does that make sense?
Open Mail.app -> 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.
 

siman

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Jan 14, 2008
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Fantastic

Open Mail.app -> 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.
Thanks for this, a great help.
 

Devon7

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Aug 23, 2017
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MacOS 10.11 Mail.app Version 9.3 (3124) has a separate Alias preference,
easier to manage than comma-separated aliases in the Email Address preference.

Peace
—Devon

PS: I'm shocked, I was convinced Apple hates their MacOSX customers and abuses their iOS customers, maybe I don't have to switch to Debian/Ubuntu/Zorglub in such a hurry after all.