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How to set your From address in popular email programs

You can set the name and address that appears in the From line of email you send to anything you like, so that email you send can appear to come from your "friendly" address A.N.Other@damtp.cam.ac.uk or your cam or hermes address if you wish.

Hermes Webmail

Log into the webmail service and select Settings (the gear icon) from the menu at the top, then Identities. Click the identity you wish to change (most people will only have one). Enter what you want to appear as your name in the Display Name field and what you want to appear as your email address in the Email field. Click the Save button.

Local DAMTP/DPMMS/Statslab Webmail and old Hermes Webmail

Log into the webmail service and select Manage from the menu at the top and click on Preferences on the page that appears.

Then click on the Compose tab, where you can enter what you want to appear as your name in the Personal Name field and what you want to appear as your email address in the From Address field.

Finally press the button labelled Change for this and future sessions

Thunderbird

In the menu of accounts on the left hand side, find the account whose From line you wish to change, and right-click on it. Select Settings.

In the dialogue box that pops up enter what you want to appear as your name in the Your Name field, and what you want to appear as your email address in the Email address field.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Go to File -> Info
  • Select your personal account
  • Click Account Settings, move mouse down and click Account Settings again
  • Highlight account and click Change
  • Edit contents of Your Name and Email Address boxes
  • Click Next then Finish.

Pine

Start pine/alpine and log in using your IMAP username and password, then press S to enter setup and C to enter the config options.

Page down until you have Customized Headers highlighted and press Enter. Then enter exactly what you would like to appear in the From line, e.g.:

From: Jelly Fish <O.Dunn@maths.cam.ac.uk>

Then search for Alternate Addresses, press Enter and enter just your friendly email address (e.g. O.Dunn@maths.cam.ac.uk). This will ensure that your sent messages are displayed correctly in folder index listings.

Press E to exit setup and Y to commit your configuration changes.

Mutt

Edit your .muttrc file to include the line:

set from="Dr Eva Myers <E.R.Myers@statslab.cam.ac.uk>"

mail/mailx

Edit your .mailrc file to include the line:

set from="Owen Dunn <O.Dunn@maths.cam.ac.uk>"

Android (tested on Samsung Galaxy S5 mini)

On Android devices it does not seem possible to change the From address on an existing account, but a new account can be configured with your choice of From address. Follow the UIS's instructions for making secure connections to Hermes using an Android device, but replace xyz789@cam.ac.uk with your preferred address. If your email is stored on our local server (long-term users only) also replace imap.hermes and smtp.hermes with imap.maths and smtp.maths.