How to Add an Email Address

An email program or website is not restricted to using one address for sending and receiving messages. In fact, you can add as many as five or more addresses from other accounts, restricted only by your email provider limits. This allows you to manage several different email accounts through one just provider. The following procedures use Google Mail (older version) as a specific example, but these steps apply generally to all email accounts.

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Google Mail

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Sign onto your email account. The email window opens.

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Click "Settings" in the upper right. The "Settings" window opens.

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Accounts tab

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Click the "Accounts" tab. Choose whether to send and/or get mail from the new address. You can add addresses from preexisting accounts, such as Google, Hotmail and Yahoo!

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Proceed to the appropriate section below.

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Send Mail As dialog box

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Choose "Add Another Email Address You Own" from the "Send Mail As" category, if you want to send mail from an added address. The Send Mail As dialog box appears.

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Enter the email address you want to add and the name to use for that address.

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Choose to have your recipients automatically reply to a different address than the one you're adding. Click "Specify a Different Reply To Address" and enter an address. Click the "Next Step" button to display the Verification dialog box.

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Click the "Send Verification" button to send an email to the new address you added.

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Read the verification email and click the verification link.

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Click "Close Window" to close the Verification dialog box. The address you added appears in the Send Mail As category of the Accounts tab.

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Choose how replies are handled under "When Receiving a Message." When you compose messages, the new address appears with your default in the "From" drop-down list. Choose one of these addresses to use when sending your message.

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Add a Mail Account dialog box

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Choose "Add a Mail Account You Own" from the Get Mail From Other Accounts category, if you want to get mail from an added address. The Add a Mail Account dialog box appears.

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Account dialog box

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Enter the email address you want to add and click the "Next Step" button. The Account dialog box appears.

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Be sure that the default entries used in this dialog, such as user code, password and POP server, are correct by checking with your email provider. Change any information as needed.

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Click the "Add Account" button to close the dialog box. The new address appears in the Get Mail From Other Accounts category of the Accounts tab. Your current account will automatically retrieve email sent to the address you added.