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1. Introduction< ^Index^ >3. Configuration


2. Virtual Identities

Usually Identities are stored in Thunderbird/Seamonkey? permanently and can be changed with the Account Settings dialog. Internally your email client uses Accounts and based on this Accounts multiple Identities might be defined.

While sending a message with a Virtual Identity, the extension simply creates a complete new account for you. Additionally for this new, temporary Account a new Identity is created. After your email was sent successfully, the Account (including the Identity) is removed.

As you can see, Virtual Identities are more precise temporary Identities, created just before sending (or storing) an email and removed directly after this job is finished.

Changing Identities on the fly - editing the 'From:' field in the message-compose dialog

It's exactly as easy as it looks, while composing any email you can now edit the 'From:' field of your email to whatever you like. Whatever, as long as your mail-server accepts the resulting mail address as a valid one. But there are things to be aware of:

  1. with a too exotic email-address (maybe from a nonexistent domain name) your emails might be end always in the receivers Spam-folder.
  2. all information about mail-servers the email passes are kept intact (yes, what else do you think?). So it's not the right tool to remove your traces if you send an email.

Now that you know what you are doing one additional thing, I made the extension the best way I could. But you might encounter some problems using it, maybe exactly on your system or with the extensions you've installed it doesn't work. So, after upgrading or changing the setup, please test sending an email with a changed address to yourself and see whats happening.

different Cursor-Shapes

http://www.absorb.it/gallery2/d/240-2/fromSelectionCursor.png

Changing the 'From:' field is easy, just open the Message-Compose Dialog and move the cursor over the 'From:-field. You will notice, that the cursor-shape changes. If it's an arrow, you can use the drop down-menu to select any stored identity. If you are moving the cursor over the senders name, it changes to the editor-shape, click and you can change the senders name. To indicate that you are now using a Virtual Identity the color of the entry will change to red and the Status-Bar will indicate that virtual identity is activated.


1. Introduction< ^Index^ >3. Configuration