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Changing FROM address when replying to email

hellifiknow
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Previously I was instructed to set up a DUMMY account (by War1) to pick when I needed to change the FROM address in a reply message.   But...what if the FROM address i need is another provider such as yahoo and I am using Outlook and Comcast to "gather" my messages.  They are  being auto forwarded from yahoo into Outlook.
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b0lsc0ttIT Manager
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hellifiknow,

It will display whatever the address is for that account.  If you set up the "dummy" account and provide it with the yahoo email then that will be the from address that will be used when the message is sent.  Usually with the "dummy" account you leave the smtp (i.e. outgoing mail) server and settings the same as you main account.

Let me know if I didn't understand the question you were asking.  Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt

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Thanks, but when I try that the message will not go out....I guess my mail system thinks the dummy account is real and tries to verify it.  When I set it up in [tools] [email accts] and press the [test] button a message comes bact that the server can't be reached (because it is not a real acct).  Is it confused with the .com type of dummy address since my system has a .net type of address?  Hope I have not confused things more.
Thanks for any help.
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b0lsc0ttIT Manager
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In the dummy account what did you put for outgoing mail server (SMTP)?  That needs to be a legitimate server.  In most cases like this you would use the same server you use in your main account.  If that server requires some authentication then you also include that information.  Since the email address and reply to settings are still the same (i.e. ???@yahoo.com) then the message will appear to come from that other account.

Let me know if you have any questions.

bol

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How do I know the correct SERVER for the dummy account as it is not the same service as the Primary (comcast).  It is a yahoo account that I have "auto forwarded" to my comcast/outlook system.
I did try SMTP (same as primary) for the dummy, but it did not work.
Please advise, thanks

hellifiknow

PS:  I am starting to wonder if I should switch to yahoo and have everything "auto forwarded" to that account as yahoo seems to have more power.  What do you think?
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Did you try the comcast server?  You should be able to use it since you are already using it.  The dummy account is just to provide the appearance of the mail coming from yahoo.  You actually use comcast server to send it but the email and reply to is your yahoo account, which is being picked up by Outlook anyways.

> PS:  I am starting to wonder if I should switch to yahoo and have
> everything "auto forwarded" to that account as yahoo seems to have more
> power.  What do you think?
I like to have both, Outlook and an online account.  I wouldn't ever be able to completely get rid of either and actually I keep them separate.  I have a number of online accounts and even multiple accounts that Outlook checks and uses.  Some of these are set up as just dummies so it appears like I'm sending a message from another account.  This is what you seem to be doing.  I hope my comment above clarifies what settings you need to do it.  Let me know what isn't clear if you still have a question or problem.

One disadvantage of doing this is the yahoo account will never have a record of what you send.  The sent message copy is in Outlook since it actually sent the message.  I just mention this in case you decide it is better to keep the accounts separate.  It really is up to you though and what you use the accounts for.

Let me know if you have questions.  If you need me to be really specific with the settings you need in Outlook's dummy account then let me know.

bol

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I'm glad I could help you.  Thank you for the grade, the points and the fun question.

bol
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