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TheRupp
Strollin' around
Status: In development

Hello,

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.

137 Comments
geier
Making moves

Here's one more vote for having sender's and recipient's email address displayed as default columns. It's a vital security feature!

(For the moment I stick with TB 102 + full address column addon and wait if it gets re-implemented into upcoming TB versions (I remember it was inbuilt once upon a time...). If not, I'll move on, most likely to Betterbird.)

Searinox
New member

I just updated Thunderbird and I am very disappointed. For starters I've only been using TB for a year and when I switched to it, to discover that it was not possible to show the address and that the client insisted on coddling the user with this "easy-to-understand" display of the sender even if the user wishes to set this, was double for me: first off, I've always kept the full sender address on by default as it is essential for identifying phishing and considered it would be safe practice, so to see this oversimplification made me frown. Second, to see no way of doing this without an add-on upset me even more. Now the ability to do this with an add-on is gone also as the relentless and bewildering nonsensic agenda against this feature - even as an opt-in possibility - continues. The risk is always that with the more complicated way to check the actual address, you eventually make a mistake and click something you're not supposed to, so having it possible to make this immediately obvious with the e-mail is good practice. Please for the love of everything do provide at least the possibility of add-on implementers to implement this if they wish to. For something as straight-forward as the sender address to be attacked so relentlessly makes no sense!

SO
New member

Unbelievable. Being able to display the sender's email address in an email client is about as important as providing a "Send" button.  At least it's free! (as long as you don't click on any sus emails).

DRocket
Making moves

Unfortunately, both of these are older and not compatible with 115.4.3 (as of yet.) I wish they worked. I'm starting to spend more time fixing Thunderbird than getting work done. 

DRocket
Making moves

You can move to the far right of the screen of the email, click MORE and then click view Source. It's a lot of stuff to wade through but it is possible to identify some information. You can find the reply to: email address.  And from: email address. 

When I did this I realized that my TO: email name has been changed to Mark's name, but with my email address. How the hell this happened is puzzling to me. I can't even imagine why this is like this. I tried to correct it and it won't use my name. 

I don't have time to keep figuring out every single thing that is wrong. Can someone build a complete chart of all these funky changes so we can go through them one at a time?

tucan
New member

I agree with all writers above: Please bring back full email adress to Thunderbird!

Alternatively give the add-ons a chance to come back, please

karltoon
New member

I was in the process of moving from Mailbird, as I don't want to pay for the latest version 3.0, but without being able to easily see the sender's address, it looks like I'll have to dig into my pockets and see what change falls out.

RogerWilco
New member

Many reasons, which I side with, were listed on this thread already, so I don't see a reason to keep repeating the same arguments.

However, I decided to post on this thread to indicate that there's yet another user who would like to continue using Thunderbird, post v102.15.1, with the option to have a separate column that shows a sender's e-mail address.

The data is there. Is this new v115 really that difficult to develop for, that such available data couldn't be put into a column of its own?!

Thanks.

geier
Making moves

I am really disappointed that such an important (and relatively simple, I suppose) thing still is a "new idea" after more than 3 months now! I just can't believe this. Please, TB developers, give us the sender's and recipient's email address columns!

RBB
Strollin' around

Currently in Email- or From-Lists there are Display names shown only. Often Spam and Malicious Mails contain Display Names like Banks or other existing companies. (see Screenshot.)
If the real email address would been visible in the list, I could immediately realize, that the mail is spam without opening the mail.
Therefore an option "Show Email Address in List" would be very helpful.
The names in the From List could be shown like
   mail@emailaddress.com (Display Name) 

If you implement this, Thunderbird will be perfect. And I will give a donation.

RBB
Strollin' around

Yes, this is very important quickly identifying spams and malicious mails.

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

(Note: similar ideas have been merged into this thread)

DRocket
Making moves

Today I have an email from Ken. "Ken A Gift For You" box with bow icon. I can't dare open it because I can't see the email address. I can't right click and look for the full header. I'm stuck guessing what to do. I hate to spam legitimate emails but now I have no way to tell. FIX THIS NOW. 

mulsambe
New member

There is a funny point.
The great Android app K-9 Mail, which is said to become Thunderbird for Android, does have the most-awaited feature!
K9-Mail settings include ‘Display correspondents' name’ which can be set off.
So, displaying addresses instead of names could become available on Android Thunderbird, but still remain unavailable on desktop versions.

DRocket
Making moves

Very interesting. In the "website" development world, a number of years ago, we started seeing "mobile first" developers begin to swerve away from building the full website first. It was complex to develop CSS on screen sizes for mobile and desktop at the same time, as desktop browsers weren't all the same, esp MS. It was torture trying to make sure that the mobile version would display well enough on all versions of browsers on desktops.