How to Change Sender Name in Emails

By Craig Witt

Every email message lists a sender name in the "From" field. This name is defined by the value you entered in your email client when you first configured your account. If you marry, divorce or need to change your name for any other reason, common email clients, including Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express and web-based services such as Windows Live Hotmail and Gmail, give you the ability to change the sender name to any alternate value with just a few clicks.

Microsoft Outlook 2010

Step 1

Click the "File" button near the top-left corner of the screen, select "Info" and click "Account Settings."

Step 2

Select the name of your email account, and click the adjacent "Change" button.

Step 3

Enter your preferred sender name in the "Your Name" field.

Step 4

Click "Next," followed by "Finish," to confirm the change.

Microsoft Outlook Express 6

Step 1

Click "Tools" in the top menu bar, and select "Accounts."

Step 2

Select the "Mail" tab in the resulting dialog box.

Step 3

Select the name of your email account, and click the adjacent "Properties" button.

Step 4

Select the "General" tab on the screen that follows, and enter your preferred sender name in the "Name" field.

Step 5

Click "OK," followed by "Close," to confirm your change.

Windows Live Hotmail

Step 1

Log into your Windows Live Hotmail account.

Step 2

Click the "Options" button near the top-right corner of the window, and select "More Options."

Step 3

Click the "Account details" link located below the "Managing your account" heading.

Step 4

Locate your name on the following screen, and click the adjacent "Change" link.

Step 5

Enter your preferred sender name using the "First name" and "Last name" fields, and click "Save."

Gmail

Step 1

Log into your Gmail account.

Step 2

Click the "Settings" link located near the top-right corner of the window.

Step 3

Click the "Accounts and Import" link on the screen that follows.

Step 4

Look to the "Send mail as" section, locate your email address and click the adjacent "Edit info" link.

Step 5

Enter your preferred sender name in the "Name" field, and click "Save Changes."