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I was very surprised that Thunderbird does not offer an option to show the e-mail-adress of the sender in a column in the table (like the columns "From" and "Correspondents"). This new column would be very useful to quickly identify spam/junk e-mails.

This feature can be added with add-ons:

This feature seems very basic and simple and like it should not require an add-on.

If you do a Google search for this feature, then you find many people, who have asked for this feature for many years.

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I would like to have this full address column. So you can see the real address and not the given name.

So I can see who is the real sender and then decide if I would like to read the mail or not.

Like many other I get mail from my "bank" regarding my bankacount which is in reality sent by an odd email address and thse e-mail I cannot see now in the mail listing

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Option, to choose what to show in the FROM field:

What to show in the FROM field:
    If the sender is in your contacts
        (*) show the name, reading from contact
        ( ) show the name, sent by the sender
        ( ) show the email address
    If the sender is not in your contacts
        ( ) show the name, sent by the sender
        (*) show the email address

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Absolutely essential! Goodness knows, surely the TB developers would understand that being able to see the domain part of each address in the mail list is an essential security aid, so one can immediately spot suspect domains associated with familiar names. 

It's ridiculous that TB don't natively support viewing the sender's full email address in the Inbox.

Making moves

As a longtime Thunderbird user, I have really wondered why the very basic functionality of showing the real e-mail address from the sender is not a standard feature.

As others also mentioned, the senders name can easily be a fake, and for the unaware this may pose a potential security issue.

For this reason I have always used the 'Full Address Column' add-on, and I was unpleasantly surprised to learn that the add-on was no longer functioning in TB 115. Also, the developer of this add-on was not amused, and states that he has to wait for a change in the TB code for the add-on to be re-enabled (see the description of the author: )

I have immediately switched to 'Betterbird' (a softfork of thunderbird), which has incorporated this functionality by default and I will only consider moving back to TB when this issue will be resolved.

Strollin' around

I fully agree with the others. You can often recognize spam/phishing mails by looking at the original mail address in de mail list. That this column was/is not standard available in Thunderbird is a big miss. And that the add-on that fixed this is not working anymore in version 115 is a big negative point for Thunderbird. Hope the add-on will be fixed or even better, that this option becomes a standard option in Thunderbird.

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to see the Full Address Column is vital to check for spams. Such a security feature has to be inside Thunderbird.

For the developers it should be easier to code it as outside supporters.

The design is there, so please implement it with highest priority.

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The fact that it was ever considered a "good idea" to remove the column for showing the sender EMAIL address in an EMAIL program speaks for itself.

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Not being able to see the real email-Adress is like a telefon not displaying the number that calls you. It is extremely sad that one has to argue to be able to see this.

I am a thunderbird user for like three decades. Not seeing the plain email-addresses involved is a pain.


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Displaying the full sender's email address is the main reason I stuck to using Thunderbird for the longest time, that feature not returning in this new update ... confuses me.

The most important thing to avoid scams and phishing and/or recovering important mails from the spam folder is seeing the sender's info, but now we HAVE to click each mail for that. Which can be time-consuming when sorting through many mails, or simply be the most convenient.

Although I don't remember needing an add-on in the past for this, I'd settle for that over not having the feature at all.