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Strollin' around
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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.

Making moves

Another vote for this security feature.

Making moves

It is really annoying that the addon Full Address column is not working anymore wih new thinderbird and won't ever, because you don't allow custom columns?

PLEASE add these columns "Sender (@)" and "Recipient (@)" for all users to see the REAL E-MAIL Adress of the sender,
also for safety reasons, this should be a must - because the senders name is really not helpfull to find spam at glance.

This should be available for everyone as default option.

New member

Hey Jon,

It's called the "Sender" column and it was removed with the version 115. update.  The real question is, "Why was it removed?"  Please bring it back.

Strollin' around

I endorese the suggestion that allows to see the email address a message is sent from instead of whatever the sender wants to be identified by.

This would help me identify SPAM or unwanted/ unimportant messages much quicker. 

New member

Honestly, this should not even be an idea for a feature request.

This should be filed as a Major bug: "Message List pane does not allow to show the email address of the sender".

As already said, it leaves the door whole open to phishing and scams.  It is unbelievable that the Thunderbird developers did not think about the implications of it.

Furthermore, it makes sorting of emails difficult.  An email has a primary key: the sender's email address.  A person you receive mail from can change their From: header in their mailclient as they like, resulting in 10 messages from them having possibly 10 different sender strings and making organizing these mails impossible.  If you order by email address, these messages will always be grouped together.  Same thing if you store in the same folder the messages you sent from different addresses: Your Name <> and Your Name <> are distinguishable only if sorting by email address is possible.      

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.)

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!

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).

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. 

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?