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Multiple eMail identities....

4036 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 15, 2008 10:34 AM by Zanzamar RSS
ctschach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 29, 2008 3:28 AM
Hi Folks,

just one question: I know I can handle different mail-accounts with Mac Mail, but each mailaccount also requires a pop/imap mailbox for this account.

Programms like Thunderbird allows me to handle multiple identities.

I have all my mails coming into one POP mailbox, but I have several outgoing addresses like or or

I use these addresses to apply filter and most of the time simply mark the messages in different colors...but again...all messages are dropped into one POP box.

If I want to create multiple identities I now have to use a POP mailbox for each account. I now helped myself that I created a Box which will never have any mails, but I hate it, because getting mails takes longer, because mail requests all mailboxes which will never have any emails..

Any ideas?
MacBookPro, Other OS
  • Pascal Bouvier Level 4 Level 4 (2,880 points)
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    Jan 29, 2008 4:26 AM (in response to ctschach)
    you can use different aliases or outgiong email addresses with one account. go to mal>preferences>accounts, select the account you would like, and in the account information pane, in the email address field, add the email addresses you would like to use after the primary one, all separated by a coma, as in ",,"

    once that is done and when you create a new email with that account, you will have the choice of using either the main email address or the other associated aliases. please note that you cannot change the name also, so the name that appears will be the same whether you choose the primary email address or the aliases.

    hope this helps
    MacBook Pro 2 GHz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Mac Pro Dual 2 GHz Power PC G5 10.5.1, iphone 8gb 1.1.2, ipod classic
  • Vic Z Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    Jan 29, 2008 6:07 AM (in response to Pascal Bouvier)
    Works great for me - thanks!
    iMac Duo 20" iMac 17", CD and C2D MacBooks, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Zanzamar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 14, 2008 1:21 PM (in response to ctschach)
    I am an avid user of many mail clients. I love the aesthetics of Apple mail but this "feature" is one of the biggest annoyances of all. Unfortunately when you input the information and then select one of the "From" email addresses that is not an actual account, but is an alias then when the mail is received the Reply To still shows the Account Main Address...

    Ie: Under Preferences -> Accounts -> Account Information (for the selected account) you can enter multiple email address like:,,

    When you then select to send from it still ends up showing as though it came from on the receivers email. The aliases do not actually work, although you get the warm fuzzy feeling that they do.

    I have talked with the Mac Genius Individuals at Mac Bars and they say hey, thats just the way it is. Use Eudora or Thunderbird. Both of those are just not sexy. Does anyone have any ideas?
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Zanzamar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 15, 2008 10:34 AM (in response to Zanzamar)
    The problem, of course, is not with Apple Mail.

    Others may have come across this issue too, so here is the solution.

    I finally took the time to disseminate my different accounts (google account/cyurs-postifx ). It appears that although you specify the address/alias in the Apple Mail account google doesn't respond to it unless you have also made the setting/alias in the google account. My postfix/cyrus setup doesn't care and says hey, here is who its from...

    To ensure aliases work with google utilize the above method to input them in a csv format and then log into your google account/gmail, go to settings -> accounts and specify the aliases in the Send Mail As field.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)


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