Setting Up Thunderbird to Send Email From a Different Address

Certain staff members occasionally need to send mail which appears to come from another email address. There are two basic reasons one may wish to do this:

  1. You would like to send email as a different individual but would like the recipient to reply to you.
  2. You would like to send email from a group mail alias and would like the recipient to reply to that alias.

Please note that you are required to obtain permission before sending mail as another person.


Create and Configure Account or Identity

Thunderbird 16 and 17

  1. From your main Thunderbird account, pull down your "Tools" menu and select "Account Settings."
    If your menu options are missing, right-click on the blue bar at the top of the window and select "Menu bar."
  2. In the right-side pane of the "Accout Settings" window, click the "Manage Identities" button on the bottom right.
  3. Click the "Add" button.
  4. Press the various tabs of the "Identity Settings" window and configure the account as you wish. If you would like to receive the replies to any messages you send from this identity, be sure to put your full email address in the "Reply-to Address" field under the "Settings" tab.
  5. Click "OK" then "Close" then "OK."

Thunderbird 13

  1. From your main Thunderbird account, pull down your "Tools" menu and select "Account Settings."
  2. At the bottom of the right-side pane, click on the "Manage Identities" button.
  3. In the "Identities for..." dialog box, click the "Add" button.
  4. Fill out the fields in the "Settings" tab and click "OK" then close the "Identities for..." dialog box. Click "OK" to exit Account Settings.

Thunderbird 3

  1. Pull down the Tools menu and select Account Settings...
  2. At the bottom of the left-side column, click the Add Mail Account... button
  3. In the Mail Account Setup dialog box, type in full name and full EECS email address of the group or individual from whom the mail should appear to originate. Skip the "Password" field.
  4. Click "Continue"
  5. Click "Manual Setup"
  6. In the left pane, select the new account. In the right pane, add your fully-qualified* email address in the "Reply-to Address" field, if you should be receiving the responses to mail sent from this account.
  7. In the left pane, select "Server Settings" under the new account. In the right pane, uncheck "Check for new messages at startup"
  8. In the left pane, select "Copies & Folders" under the new account. In the right pane, pull down the drop-down menus next to each checked radio button and select your own personal email address (login@eecs.berkeley.edu@calmail)
  9. Remove all outgoing servers except the one configured for calmail and assigned to your personal email address @eecs.berkeley.edu

Thunderbird 2: Create Account

Thunderbird 2: Configure Account

Back in the "Account Settings" window:


* Fully-qualified means, in this case, "written out completely," (e.g. gradadmissions@eecs.berkeley.edu)


Send a Test Message

Back in your main Thunderbird window:



maggie@eecs
Wednesday, 27-Mar-2013 08:22:41 PDT


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