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Creating Another Email Address
One of the big misconceptions on the net is that your email "reply address" is somehow "real" or "correct".
In actuality, your email "reply address" is just like the reply address on the outside of a snail-mail envelope.
The email reply address tells the recipient how to write you back.
But, the email reply address can be anything. I can set my email software to have any reply address I want.
This page explains how to create a second (or third, or fourth) email address using Outlook.
Outlook and Outlook express
The particular steps here only work for Outlook. If you are using different email software, you will need to consult that software to identify how to change your email reply address.
Why Have Multiple Reply Addresses
There are three major reasons.
One Email Account, Multiple Addresses
Now you ask how this is possible.
This most common reason is that you are using an email forwarder in order to "own your own email address". I explain how to do this on this page.
If you are using an email forwarder, then you may have different addresses forwarded to your one "real" email address.
Consider this example. Assume that you are Gaspar Aluzo. Your "real" address is GAluzo@earthlink.net. But you own a domain name of GasparAluzo.com. You are using a registrar like NamECheap to forward your email. All email addressed to anything@GasparAluzo.com is actually forwarded to GAluzo@earthlink.net. Most people write you as GAluzo@GasparAluzo.com and you have set your reply address to show as GAluzo@GasparAluzo.com (like I explain on this page).
Now you would also like to use another email address. You would like to use TheBigGuy@GasparAluzo.com in your email as a reply address.
(Note that this address will already forward to you. All we are talking about is setting up a second account so you can send some mail with this reply address.)
Because, in this example, you have one real, incoming account, you just need to create an "outgoing" email account in Outlook using this second email address. Here is how.
These steps will work in Outlook 2007:
Note: I substantially rewrote this section for Outlook 2007 on 19.Nov.2010. Please let me know. Is it right? Wrong?
You will now have changed the address that will show as the From address when you send an email and that will be used as a Reply address when someone clicks Reply.
To use this account, click the "pull down" arrow next to the "Send" button on any email. Outlook will reveal all your defined accounts and let you specify which one to use.
In our example, using this second account would cause the email to be sent with a reply address of TheBigGuy@GasparAluzo.com. And anyone who sends mail to that address, will have the mail automatically forwarded to the "real" account at GAluzo@earthlink.net.
Multiple Email Accounts at Different ISPs
If you have multiple email accounts at different ISPs, Outlook can handle that.
Other Related Pages On My Site
Changing Your Email Reply Address: How to change your email reply address in Outlook or Outlook express to make the best use of email forwarding services. This page provides click by click instructions. ««»»
Own Your Own Email Address: Today, it costs less than three cents per day to own your own email address. If you own your own email address, then the next time you change ISPs, you will not have to change addresses and will not have to send out notices about your new address. ««»»
Registration With NamECheap: Because I recommend NamECheap for domain registration, URL forwarding and email forwarding, I was emailing people over and over answering simple questions. I wrote this page to provide a central help point. ««»»
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