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How to change sender name in emails

Updated July 20, 2017

Every e-mail message lists a sender name in the "From" field. This name is defined by the value you entered in your e-mail client when you first configured your account. If you marry, divorce or need to change your name for any other reason, common e-mail 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.

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

Select the name of your e-mail account, and click the adjacent "Change" button.

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

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

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

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

Select the name of your e-mail account, and click the adjacent "Properties" button.

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

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

Log into your Windows Live Hotmail account.

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

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

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

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

Log into your Gmail account.

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

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

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

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

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Craig Witt has written professionally since 2005 in the public and private sectors as a journalist, marketing copywriter and public relations professional. He most often writes consumer software and hardware how-to articles for eHow. Witt has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Washington.