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Redirect Mails in Thunderbird

Mails that have been sent to you in error can be forwarded in Thunderbird to the correct recipient of the email. This is happening regularly in companies for example where emails may reach the wrong recipient.

The forwarded message however does not look like the original one because it normally has the mail header attached to it. This looks pretty ugly and is not needed most of the time.

The Thunderbird add-on Mail Redirect allows you to redirect mails instead of forwarding them. The core difference is that a redirect sends the original mail along its way, while a forwarded mail adds the header information to it.

This ensures that the recipient will only see the original message and not the information that are attached when the email gets forwarded.

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The extension Mail Redirect adds a Redirect option to the Thunderbird right-click menu which means that you can redirect multiple emails at the same time.

Instead of making use of the right-click menu, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-B to do the same.

Emails that you want to redirect (or bounce) are opened in the following way in Thunderbird.

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The resend mail form looks slightly different from regular mail forms. The first difference is the resend from menu at the top. Select one of your email addresses which you want used to resend the email.

You then need to add another email address under resend to, which is the target email address you want to send the email to.

The third and final difference is that you cannot add text or other data to the email, it just contains the same data that it arrived with.

The extension offers a couple of settings that you can take a look at when you open its options page in the Thunderbird add-ons manager.

Here you can disable the option that stores a copy of redirected mails in the sent folder, or add default to, cc and bcc resend recipients to make things easier.

This can be useful if you redirect messages to the same recipient at all times, or include a recipient at all times when that happens.

Verdict

MailRedirect is a useful extension for the Thunderbird email client. It is handy for companies and organizations where emails may reach the wrong recipient at times, but also for personal use when you want to bounce messages to another recipient or account.

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Comments

  1. Ace_NoOne said on December 24, 2007 at 12:59 pm
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    This is the kind of stuff that I’d sometimes like to have, but don’t want to install* an extension for.
    Also, it’s pretty basic functionality, so it should be part of the TB core IMHO…

    * if only there were bookmarklets for Thunderbird…

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