Replying from alias

I have an email account with fastmail (main@domain.com), and I regularly use new aliases (e.g. new@domain.com) that all direct back to the same main account

On the Fastmail client, if someone emails me at new@domain.com, when I hit reply it automatically configures it to send from the new alias new@domain.com, even if I haven’t explicitly set up that alias. However, on the Mailspring client I am only able to reply from my main address. Is there a way to configure the client so it can reply from the address the original email was sent to? I understand it may be possible if I go and set up that alias in the settings, but I don’t want to have to set up a new alias on the client every time I use a new one.

Cheers!

Although Mailspring does (as you’ve spotted) allow aliases for an account, it always seems to use the main email address for the account when replying. As you say, it would be nice if it would detect the address the original email was sent to and use that address to reply from - it would make aliases a more integral part of the app rather than a tacked-on extra. However, the ability to create new aliases on-the-fly (which is effectively what you’re asking for) might cause more trouble than it’s worth with e.g. BCCed emails or mailing lists, where there might be all sorts of email addresses in the original email that you wouldn’t want used as aliases! (In your case, your aliases are all from the same domain, by the sound of it, but that’s not the case for everyone and so Mailspring can’t assume that to be the case. Perhaps a wild-card fallback alias might be possible, but it’s probably an edge case because most people probably don’t create new identities on the fly as you seem to.)

Perhaps raise this as a feature request in the relevant area of this forum? I suspect a feature “Use alias as From address when replying to emails” is easier and more likely to happen than “Auto-create aliases from address in original email” because of the false-positive issues mentioned above, but it’d be worth listing both parts IMO.

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Thanks John, I did want to verify that this isn’t possible before making a feature request. It’d be interesting to see how other clients do it, since it seems a common enough feature. Hopefully it’s not too tricky to implement but I understand if it’s not up there on the priority list.