Gmail is an awesome web based email application with a range of great features such as an excellent spam filter, plenty of storage and, of course, amazing search functionality. Did you know you can also use it instead of a desktop mail client with your own email address? You can set up up to 5 POP3 addresses. Here's how.
Now that you've set up your new email address, you'll receive all your email into your Gmail inbox, and you can send mail from either your gmail address or your new address. There are some other settings you may want to look at.
To send an email, click the compose button on the top left. You'll see a drop down in the "From" field that allows you to choose which address to send from. This also appears when replying to an email, so you can override the settings you chose above for individual emails if you want to.
When you receive an email, just below the name of the sender is a small arrow. Clicking this will show you which email address the email came in to. This is helpful if you chose the same display name for both your email addresses, as it is not immediately clear which one the sender used.
Gmail's spam filter will automatically filter out any spam to your spam folder regardless of the email address it was sent to. Any existing mail filters you've set up may also affect mail coming to your new address, so if you use filters, you may want to check them to make sure.
You can also set up the Gmail app on your phone or tablet to send and receive emails on the go. You should be aware that the apps don't handle email signatures in the same way as the Gmail website. Instead of using your regular signature, the app will add a plain text signature which is the same across all your email addresses. If this is a problem for you, you'll have to send all your email through a web browser. The Gmail mobile website has the option to use your regular signature.
Gmail is a great email application, and using it with your own email address allows you to send and receive emails from any device wherever you are, as long as you have an internet connection. I think that's pretty awesome.
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