Help reduce confusion: fix your WOU Gmail ‘from’ address!

As promised, here’s how you fix the ‘From’ address Google Apps puts on your messages. Note that the illustrations are from Google’s new look, but if your account still has the old layout, things should be the same except for colors and other details.

1. On the main Gmail page, click the gear icon at the top right and choose Mail settings in the popup menu.
2. On the Settings page, click the Accounts tab, and then the “Add another email address you own” link; a popup window should appear.
3. In the popup, enter in the email address box and make sure the Treat As Alias checkbox is checked, then click Next Step.
4. The popup will change and show you three buttons. Click Send Verification.
5. The popup will change again, giving you two choices for what to do after the email verification arrives. You don’t have to leave the popup open, because you’ll use the first method which doesn’t require you to enter the verification code here; either way, though, go back to your inbox using the link in the folder list.

6. Since your address delivers to gmail, you don’t have to go anywhere else to get the verification message. If it doesn’t show up in your gmail inbox after a minute, reload or refresh the inbox page. When it does appear, click on it just like any other message.

7. In the email, click the verification link.
8. This should open a new page that says the verification has succeeded. Click the link to go back to the inbox.
9. As before, click the gear to go back to Settings.
10. In the Accounts tab, the version of your address should now be in the list; click the “make default” link next to it.
11. Finally, check that the address says “default” next to it. If it does, you’re done!
From now on, whenever you send a message in Gmail, it will say “From:” instead of the confusing “” address.

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