Upon signing up for a new email account, we’re usually presented with a large form with many questions. In this form, some fields are compulsory, while some are optional. Apart from filling out profile information, you also have to enter your real name. This name will be displayed in the ‘From” field of the email header, and your recipient will recognize you from this name.
However, it might happen that you want to change the name associated with your email address for some reason. For example, you might want to use a nickname from now on, or just your first name. Fortunately, all three big email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook.com allow you to change your name. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: If you’re using Gmail, then click on the gear icon from the top-right side and then click on Settings.
Step 2: Go to Accounts tab, and then under the Send mail as section, click on “Edit info” link.
Step 3: On the next screen, enter the new name that you wish to use, and ensure that the radio button for your new name is selected. Click on Save changes button when done.
Step 1: If you’re using Outlook.com, then click the gear icon on the top-right side and then select More mail settings.
Step 2: From the Managing your account section, click on Account details, which will open a new web page.
Step 3: From the next screen, click on Edit display name.
Step 4: Enter your new first and last name, and then click on the Save button.
Step 1: Just like Gmail and Outlook.com, click on the gear icon from the top-right side and then on Settings.
Step 2: Go to the Accounts tab, and then from the Yahoo! account section, click on the Edit button.
Step 3: Enter a name in the Sending name field, and then click on the Save button. Click on the Save button again to save your settings.
That’s how you can change the name that’s displayed in the From: field in all your email accounts. Doing this is a piece of cake, provided you know where to look for such settings.