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Multiple 'from' names on one account Apps
I saw this posted anonymously on the MacNN Forums, but I wish I could give credit where credit is due. If you have ever wanted multiple addresses to be associated with one email account (which I have) so that you can send mail from any number of addresses without resorting to creating many "nearly duplicate" accounts, simply enter all the addresses separated by commas in the "Email Address" field of the account setup dialog.

I tested this and it worked beautifully. Still, I wish I could just type in any from address at composition time, as I have a wildcard email that I use to track which sites sell my email to spammers (i.e.,,

Hope this helps out some folks who thought had a limitation that it apparently does not have.
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This is Awesome!
Authored by: serversurfer on May 07, '02 03:22:59AM

I have been setting multiple accounts. Now I have all the addresses I desire!! I can't believe it only took 14 months for someone to realize we could do this. I wonder if our computers can do anything else.

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*sigh* Still no joy here...
Authored by: network23 on May 07, '02 12:27:47PM

No luck for me. My hosting service changed their outgoing port to reduce the unapproved email. So until Apple decides to add an out port field, I still cannot email out with Mail.

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*sigh* Still no joy here...
Authored by: serversurfer on May 07, '02 03:19:17PM

Not to be obtuse, but did you try typing the port number directly into the "hostname" field? ( or After seeing the last tip, this could work!

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*sigh* Still no joy here...
Authored by: etrepum on May 07, '02 05:59:58PM

I use SSH port forwarding to do this, my mail server doesn't support SSL, but I can ssh tunnel to it since I have a physical account on the machine, which is at least as secure.

sudo ssh -L 25:yourmailserver:25 someuser@somehostyoucansshto

Technically you can have a "loopback" tunnel, by sshing to localhost ( but then you don't get the added bonus of having an encrypted channel. Obviously using the actual mailserver as your ssh target is best, but at least you can get it safely out of your dialup or LAN even if you have to use an alternate target (other than localhost).

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*sigh* Still no joy here...
Authored by: bsd on May 18, '02 10:29:58PM

Please submit this as a tip. It'd be really helpful.

I can't exactly follow it, though. Can you clarify which host runs the ssh forwarding, and which hosts are named in the account?

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Original URL?!
Authored by: Brad Puett on May 07, '02 05:29:08PM

If anyone knows the original URL that points to this tip under the MacNN forums, could they post it here? I'd like to read the whole thread ...

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Oh, Man!
Authored by: stmoddell on May 07, '02 03:23:25PM

I just migrated back to eudora because I needed this functionality. Now I'm gonna migrate back. (no ssl in eudora)

Thanks bunches.

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How to select which
Authored by: thespis on May 07, '02 09:47:19PM

This is a great tip, but is there any way to select which "from" account you want to appear in a specific piece of mail?


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How to select which
Authored by: vonleigh on May 07, '02 11:37:18PM

Yes, try it and see, you'll get all the froms separated for your choosing when you compose the mail.

Great tip!


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Alternate method
Authored by: frogmella on May 08, '02 04:24:11AM

There's another way to do this: when composing the email, select 'Add Reply-to Header' from the 'Message' menu. You can type anything you want in the subsequent field that appears (as the original poster wanted), and this will be the address from which the message appears to have originated.

The only caveat with this method is that the source of the resultant message shows your 'real' email address as well as this one, but replying to one of these messages will send the reply to the address you entered in this extra field.

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