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How to Add Reply-To Email Address in Mac OS X Mail and Receive Replies to Email in a Different Email Address

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Reply-To address is used when you want the replies to your emails to be delivered to a different email address than the one you send the email from. For example, if I send an email from sarayoo@ domain.com to someone@ gmail.com. When someone@ gmail.com replies to my email, I want the reply to be delivered in someone-else@ domain.com and NOT sarayoo@ domain.com.

In my earlier article, I explained how to set reply-to email address in Microsoft Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Outlook 2010. In this article, we will see how to do the same in Mac OS X Mail application.

Configuring reply-to in Mac OS X Mail is different from how it is done in Outlook on a Windows computer. In the Mail application in Mac, you can either have an option to choose reply-to for a single mail or you can have the same configured for all email you send out, as a default setting. In the first case, reply to the particular email only will be delivered to reply-to address, where as in the second case, replies to all emails you send out will be delivered to the reply-to email address.

How to Set Reply-To for a Single Email in Mac OS X Mail

Step 1:

Compose a new email in your Mail application

Step 2:

Click on View menu at the top, select "Reply-To Address Field"

A Reply To field will appear below To / Cc fields. Type your reply-to email address here. The reply to this particular email will be delivered to the email address you just typed.

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How to Set Reply-To for All Email You Send Out in Mac OS X Mail

Step 1:

Run Terminal (Go to Utilities >> Terminal)

creating reply-to email address in mac os x mail

Step 2:

Type "defaults read com.apple.mail UserHeaders" (without quotes) and Enter

This is to check if any reply-to address is already configured. Most probably you will get an error: "The domain/default pair of (/Users/User/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist, UserHeaders) does not exist". This tells you that there is no reply-to address configured yet.

creating reply-to email address in mac os x mail

Step 3:

Type "defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders '{"Reply-To" = "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."; }' " (remove the " " at the beginning and end, after }' ). Replace This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the email address where you want the reply to be delivered. Click Enter.

Step 4:

Type "defaults read com.apple.mail UserHeaders" (without quotes) and Enter to verify the repl-to address has been entered correctly. You should get a message similar to the screenshot showing the reply-to address you entered.

creating reply-to email address in mac os x mail

Step 5: 

Send a test email to one of your other email addresses and try replying to the test email to ensure the changes are applied.

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