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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app Apps
I have two mail accounts - work and personal. I'm always sending from the wrong account, since Mail seems to pick which account I'm sending from somewhat randomly. However, I've found something that helps (even if it's not a "real" workaround). In Mail's Preferences -> Composing -> Addressing section, there is an option "Mark address not in this domain:". If you put a domain name in there (like my work account's domain, say, atwork.com), all addresses NOT using that domain will be marked in red - including the "From" account!

So now, when I send email, I have a visual cue - either all the addresses should be red (personal mail sent from my personal account), or none of them should be red (work mail sent from my work account).
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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: Quantum Cowboy on Nov 11, '03 11:10:07AM

At least in 10.2, Mail seems to choose which "From" address to use based on the currently selected message. So if an e-mail sent to your work address is being displayed, any new message you create will be from your work address. (At least, that's the way it works for me with just two accounts.)

-Robb



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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: rushmoom on Nov 11, '03 11:12:18AM

> Mail seems to pick which account I'm sending from somewhat randomly

It's not random. It uses the address for the account you have selected in the mailboxes column. i.e. If you're browsing your "home" mail and decide to compose a new message, the sending account will default to your "home" address.



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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: brain13 on Nov 11, '03 11:18:44AM

...i dont know if this will be useful to you but here it goes: you might also avoid mistakes with signatures by using MailEnhancer...heres something form their readme file:

"Automatically update signature to match sending address:

This will cause your signature to match the email address you are sending the message from. Rather than create a sophisticated preference scheme where you pick a default signature for each account or email address, MailEnhancer uses a much simpler approach..."

It is freeware and it also has some other useful options...panther tested!!!

Heres the link: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21431

Hope this helps...



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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: Spartacus on Nov 11, '03 11:49:00AM
http://home.insightbb.com/~n9yty1/MailEnhancer/ for those who don't want to rely on VersionTracker's pseudo random availailability.

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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: tlpowers on Nov 11, '03 11:45:15AM

I am not exactly sure how his tip is solving the problem of sending email from the wrong email account since I have not tried this, but here I offer some methods I use for this same problem and to enhance mail.app for my use:

Mail.app has some great ways to manage your email accounts. The first is to take advantage of the aggregate feature to view all of your inboxes simultaneously. Simply click on the "In" icon. Same holds true for the other standard mailboxes such as Trash, Sent, etc.

To properly identify which account an email belongs, select View=>Columns=>Mailbox menu which will display a new column with the account names as setup in the Account Preferences. Because of this, I keep my account names very short. Unfortunately, Panther changed this feature by appending the mailbox name to the front of the account name which requires the field to be wider, thus using unnecessary window real estate.

I also add the size column to help me identify those emails that are using up disk space so my .mac account will not fill up too quickly.

As for sending, mail.app chooses the sending account as follows:

1. Uses the account of the selected email when viewing your inbox or any other mailbox.
2. If you are viewing a mailbox with no emails, such as the outbox, and then click the Compose button, mail will use the default account which is the first account in your Preferences account list.
3. Replies and forwarded emails use the account which the original was received.

Finally, when you are in a compose window, regardless of how the email was originated, you will see a popup list of your email accounts just below the subject. You can choose which account to send using his list. You can also use it to forward and reply from a different account.



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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: Felix on Nov 12, '03 06:26:16PM

Many thanks, tipowers. I have seven accounts arrayed inside an "In" folder and have often wondered how Mail determines which account it defaults to when preparing an outbound message...but just never took the time to check the Mail Help files to find out. Your explanation was crystal clear and much appreciated.



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Set mutiple domains as "local"
Authored by: theNonsuch on Nov 11, '03 12:12:52PM

Though the interface doesn't give you any clue that you can do this, you can also set mutiple domains as "local" in the "Mark address as not in this domain" text field by separating them with commas.

Thanks for the pointer to MailEnhancer - it's totally what I was looking for!



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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: mdzorn on Nov 11, '03 02:38:10PM

In my Mail (Panther 1.3) there is a pull down menu that lists the sending account and allows me to change it.



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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: lpb2h on Jan 02, '04 04:46:47PM

I had the same problem in Jaguar mail. It's quite a pain not to be able to quickly choose the sender account. So I wrote an AppleScript which I've tested on jaguar only. Don't know if it
works under 10.3.

tell application "Mail"
set newMessage to make new outgoing message
--change the msgSender assignment to exactly match the
-- username and email address of your account as it
-- is known to Mail.app, e.g.,
-- I would write "Luc Beaudoin <lucb@myISP.net>"
set msgSender to ("MyName <yourAccount@yourISP.domain>")
set the sender of newMessage to msgSender
tell newMessage
set visible to true
end tell
activate
end tell

---
(kfglq*)



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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: peterpayne on Dec 01, '05 02:14:19AM

lpb2h, thanks for posting tha Applescript.

I desperately am looking for a way to either a) manually set the account of the open, currently selected message, or b) create a new message and set everything via an Applescript, including the To, cc, Subject and other fields. Your script is *almost* what I am looking for -- is there a way to either change the account of the current open message, or else order Mail to make a message and fill in the body, to, subject and other fields as needed?

(The issue is that I run several websites and need Filemaker to be able to create outgoing mail for each proper website depending on which site the customers bought from.)

Can you or someone help??



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10.3: Create a visual 'sending account' indicator in Mail.app
Authored by: peterpayne on Dec 01, '05 02:15:54AM

lpb2h, thanks for posting tha Applescript.

I desperately am looking for a way to either a) manually set the account of the open, currently selected message, or b) create a new message and set everything via an Applescript, including the To, cc, Subject and other fields. Your script is *almost* what I am looking for -- is there a way to either change the account of the current open message, or else order Mail to make a message and fill in the body, to, subject and other fields as needed?

(The issue is that I run several websites and need Filemaker to be able to create outgoing mail for each proper website depending on which site the customers bought from.)

Can you or someone help??



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Or make one account the default sender
Authored by: sbump on Aug 30, '09 03:24:31PM

You could also (again in the Composing section of the preferences pane) select one of your accounts, perhaps your work account, to be the default (instead of sending from "Account of last viewed mailbox")

Then you can get into the habit of switching the sender for, say, all personal notes. This might be less error-prone than having to *sometimes* switch, given the random-seeming default behavior where the sender derives from whatever message you looked at last.



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