howtogeek at April 8th, 2013 20:51 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/142558/how-to-send-emails-from-different-addresses-in-gmail/
Most of us have more than one email address these days – it makes it easier to keep different areas of life separate. But having to switch between email accounts can be a pain. With Gmail, you can set things up so you can send from multiple accounts without the need to keep switching.
infmom at April 8th, 2013 23:50 — #2
You're making this much more difficult than it needs to be. Just use a desktop email client and you can set up as many accounts as you want. I can read from and reply to five different email accounts (Gmail, my own domains, and CompuServe) with Eudora. And I can collect all the emails from those accounts with one click, filter them all any way I want, label them all any way I want--without having to mess around with Gmail or any other mail host.
codinghorror at April 9th, 2013 00:04 — #3
OK, but isn't that article about GMail specifically?
infmom at April 9th, 2013 00:15 — #4
Yes. I'm just saying that you don't have to go through all that folderol with Gmail. You can set your desktop email client up any way you want and then your preferred settings apply to EVERY email account you've got.
mbrock5532 at April 9th, 2013 02:59 — #5
I don't know, infmom... for me, the whole idea of Gmail is so I DON'T have to mess around with a desktop email client. I hate those things, and was so glad to dump yet another program on my computer. My emails are available everywhere and I don't have to worry that information I need is on my desktop when I'm out in the field or traveling. Plus, if my computer crashes, or I just get a new one, I don't have to worry about losing replies, contacts, etc.
wilsonmark at April 9th, 2013 05:53 — #6
I like to go down this route as it means I can access the same accounts, set up in precisely the same way, no matter which computer I'm using. Sure, I could set up Outlook, Thunderbird, Eudora etc, but I can't do this on computers in libraries, so on my friends' computers. Gmail gives me everything in one place. I used to be a big believer in Outlook, but Gmail has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and it's now just as powerful - if not more so - than most desktop email clients.
geek at April 9th, 2013 08:13 — #7
I used Outlook for years and years, and then I switched to PocoMail (yeah, nobody has ever heard of it), which I used for a couple more years.
It wasn't until I finally switched to using Gmail, in all its glory, that I was finally able to get a real handle on my email without it breaking me. The filters, the labels, it's just so much better than anything else.
So for many of us, we can never go back to a desktop client, tied down to a specific computer, chained to our desk by the man.
We want to be free, and live in the clouds.
That's why this article is useful to many people.
krobar at April 9th, 2013 09:40 — #8
Does this still do the "sent on behalf of by" or whatever where it shows the account you're logged in to as the actual sending account still? That caused issues for me when I replied to one sent to my first.last@gmail with my more commonly used gmail account.
geek at April 9th, 2013 09:55 — #9
I'm pretty sure if you are using Gmail for both, that problem is resolved. They require you to authenticate your account to make sure that it's really you. But don't quote me on that, because I haven't tested Outlook in years now.
krobar at April 9th, 2013 10:03 — #10
Well, when it did that to me it was only using the Gmail web interface and also when replying on my Droid 2 (at the time). I'll check it out later today when I have some more time and reply back as others may be curious about it too
vistamike at April 9th, 2013 10:19 — #11
A clarification regarding sending from gmail;
From the horses mouth
Personally still like the client option also and use Thunderbird
(although I do have Outlook, pretty well unused)
And I like the facility of Mozbak
geek at April 9th, 2013 10:23 — #12
Your links appear to be broken.
vistamike at April 9th, 2013 10:34 — #13
Ah, the first did not link but it should now
infmom at April 9th, 2013 12:02 — #14
Since when is a desktop client tied to one computer? I've got Eudora on more than one.
And the great thing about picking up Gmail via POP/IMAP is that you can set it up so that when a message is downloaded into your client, it's deleted from your inbox and goes into All Mail or Archive instead of into the trash. The trash gets emptied after 30 days. The other folders don't. So if you really, really, really have to find some ancient email, or you downloaded it on one computer and need it on another, it's not gone--and it's not cluttering up your inbox either.
For me, the sheer efficiency of being able to get all my mail with one click instead of going to each webmail site and clicking through everything one by one by one, outweighs any whizbang stuff they could possibly do to Gmail now or in the future.
infmom at April 9th, 2013 12:04 — #15
See my answer to Geek. By picking up your mail via POP/IMAP you have WAY more options. I have Gmail set to archive all mail after I've downloaded it, so the idea that I might OH NO be without it doesn't hold up.
geek at April 9th, 2013 12:05 — #16
I use Gmail as my central hub for all email. I only really use two email addresses, one business, and one personal, and they all forward to Gmail. When I check my Gmail app on the phone, everything is exactly synced between that and the web, so if I archive, star, label, from either, it shows up exactly the same on each. I don't see how it can be more efficient with a desktop client.
geek at April 9th, 2013 12:07 — #17
The other option you have when you use Gmail web is to login to any computer anywhere, and access all of your email in a single place. That includes any accounts that you forward to Gmail, or add via POP.
I'm a firm believer in moving everything to the cloud.
infmom at April 9th, 2013 12:18 — #18
It's more efficient with a desktop client because you don't have to work to make everything look the same--it is the same.
And, like I said, POP/IMAP access gives you more options about what happens to the email after you've downloaded it. I've also found that when Gmail is "down" for other people, I can stilll get my mail just fine. It doesn't go "down" for POP/IMAP. And if your internet connection's out, you've got your mail on your computer to be read and dealt with--no waiting till your ISP gets around to fixing whatever went flooie.
I'm not a fan of the cloud. When you've been online for 30 years as I have, you know only too well what can happen. As the saying goes, Murphy was an optimist.
mbrock5532 at April 9th, 2013 13:00 — #19
This is definitely one of those personal preference things. Infmom apparently loves desktop email clients, and Geek and I hate them. I used desktop clients for years - Outlook, Thunderbird, Pocomail, Eudora, Evolution, etc. I was so glad when Gmail arrived and I could dump them. I don't feel the desktop clients give me ANY advantage over webmail, and actually think the desktop is worse. But... that's me and everyone is different.
I know that I have switched many of my clients to Gmail and away from desktop clients, and they've all been very happy and don't miss the desktop client at all. Whatever infmom does with her email, she likes the desktop and nothing I or anyone else says will probably change her mind, as nothing is going to change mine. She will continue to feel empowered by her desktop client, and I will continue to feel I have been unchained!
I've had problems with desktop clients that probably color my outlook (no pun intended!) on the topic. I'll stick with my cloud and she can stick with her desktop. My internet is rarely down here, and if it does, I have my cellphone I can access it from, so I've never been locked out of my email, so the desktop would be of no advantage. When I delete, I really mean to delete, and I don't want various computers having different emails on them. It's not bitten me yet, so for me, it's fine.
mark66 at April 9th, 2013 14:09 — #20
NO. In the message header there is always a "sender:" line which contains the name of the account used to send the mail, irrespective of the name choosen to title the message.
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