How do I find someone’s email address?

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How do I find out my friend’s email address?

I’d like to get in touch with my old college roommate. How do I find out her email address?

I’m trying to get in touch with a business contact, but I’ve lost his email address. How can I find it again?

As you can tell, I often get variations of this question. Most people know someone and want to send them email, but they don’t have their email address. What do you do?

Well, I’ll be blunt. Nine times out of ten, you’re simply out of luck.

But sometimes, you can get lucky.

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Why Am I Getting Email with the Right Email Address but the Wrong Name?

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Leo, my email address is [something] @msn.com. But when a friend sends me an email, they say there is another name next to my email address. It’s very confusing. How can I find this fake name and how can change it to my real name? If you send me an email, you’ll find out what I mean.

Actually, if I send you an email, I probably won’t see what you mean because I don’t think the problem is at your end – or even a problem that you specifically can control.

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How Do I Get a Recipient’s Email Address and Name to Show in the To: Line?

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I’ve noticed sometimes when I get an email from someone who used a distribution list, that everyone’s actual name along with their email address is displayed in the “To” field. I’ve noticed this from friends who use MSN and AT&T though I’m not sure about Yahoo and Gmail and so forth.

Seeing all the recipients’ actual names along with their email addresses tells me who they actually are when I might not be able to tell from some other cryptic email addresses. Now I know I can set up my mail so that my name appears as the “send” instead of my email address, but how can I have all my note recipients’ actual names, along with their email addresses, always be displayed in the “To” field? All my contacts have their first and last names in the appropriate fields in my Contacts list. But is there another field in AOL that will allow me to do that?

I’m not exactly sure whether you’re asking about the “To” line in email that you receive, or in email that you send. The answer is actually quite different depending on which it is – and I’ll touch on that, and email addressing in general.

Though I will throw out the caveat that I’m not very strong on AOL. So if things don’t work the way I describe with your AOL email client, you may need to actually ask AOL for some help.

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Why do people I don’t know email me?

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My friend has had her Gmail address for maybe 5 years. She regularly gets emails, which are sent to that address but are from people whom she has never heard of and who obviously don’t know her. It’s not always the same person. I’ve had my Gmail address for even longer and I’ve never, never had such an occurrence. What’s going on?

This is actually more common than you might think. There are two possibilities: spam and human error.

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Is it safe to let my daughter purchase online using my email address?

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My daughter is using my email address to purchase goods instead of using her own email address. Is this a dangerous procedure?

It depends on two things: what you think of your daughter and what she thinks of you. 🙂

Now, I’m assuming that we are only talking about your email address and not your credit card. When you are handing over financial information to someone else, even your daughter, that’s a whole other game and a different set of issues.

When we come down to just the email address, things are actually relatively safe, but there are a few risks that you (and she) should keep in mind.

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How Do I Use and Clear Outlook.com Contacts and Auto-complete Suggestions?

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I am finding the new Outlook.com very annoying. How do I find my list of addresses and save a new one? When forwarding, I have to click through a whole load of addresses to get to the ones I want and then, delete the ones that I did not want. It wastes a lot of time.

Outlook.com is the online replacement for Hotmail. It’s unrelated to Microsoft’s Office Outlook  email program.

Outlook.com attempts to provide a clean, easy-to-use interface for managing not only your email, but your contacts, calendar, and (with the addition of SkyDrive) your data files as well.

Unfortunately, cleanliness or simplicity only goes so far. You’re not the only one who finds the displayed contacts and email addresses confusing when you compose a new email.

Let’s look at how it all works.

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What Does It Mean that Yahoo! Is Releasing Email Addresses?

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Yahoo! announced that they were releasing email addresses that hadn’t been used in a year. Does that mean I’m going to lose my Yahoo! email address? Why are they doing this anyway?

As long as you’ve logged in to your Yahoo! account recently, you don’t need to worry about losing your Yahoo! email address. If you’re not certain, go log into it now, and you can “reset the clock,” so to speak.

I’m somewhat surprised that Yahoo! felt the need to make an announcement at all. I’m also surprised that some people are upset by this plan.

It’s something that many providers have been doing all along.

And it’s something that you should understand, even if you’ve never touched a Yahoo! account.

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How Do I Tell Someone They’re Entering Their Email Address Wrong?

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I’m receiving email confirmations from some commercial site; some confirmations of orders, etc. From the content of one of these, I know the person’s name and date of birth as well as the fact that they live in England. All of the emails are of the “do not respond” type. I suspect that someone entered their email address incorrectly at some point and would like to inform the intended recipient of the issue so that it can be corrected, but I’m unable to find a contact for them. The last name is the same as mine, which makes it a little bit more complicated.

This is one of those very interesting, but admittedly frustrating problems that we face online almost daily. It’s something that I’ve run into with Ask Leo! and when we were running my wife’s business.

The problem is very simple. When somebody gives you their email address as contact information and they get their own email address wrong, how do you contact them to tell them so?

The bottom line is that unless they’ve given you additional information like a phone number, you can’t.

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How Do I Change My Email Address?

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How do I change my email address?

This question (and variants of it) are incredibly common.

Unfortunately, the answer is rarely simple. Changing an email address often means one thing to the person asking and something very different to the services that provide email. Some services make the change easy(ish).

Others? Not so much.

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How do I keep my email address when I switch ISPs?

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I’m moving and my new home will have a new ISP. I’ve had my @att.net email address for years, but AT&T doesn’t serve my new location. My new ISP will be Comcast. How do I keep my @att.net email address? I really don’t want to have to change.

You’re probably going to have to change.

I’ll throw out one idea that might let you avoid it if your old ISP allows it, but a) most probably don’t and b) you’re not going to like it either.

Instead, I’ll describe what’s going on and what you should do to make this the first and last time that you need to change your email address.

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How Do I Change My Hotmail Name or Address?

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My MSN Hotmail name is “something@hotmail.com”. I really don’t like the “something”. What I’d really like is to be “somethingelse@hotmail.com”. How do
I change it?

This is another one of those seemingly simple questions that I get several times every day.

What you’re asking for is not to change your name, but your email address. Unfortunately, your email address is how MSN Hotmail identifies you. A different email address means a completely different MSN Hotmail account.

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The contents of my inbox disappeared! Can I recover?

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The contents of my inbox disappeared! Can I recover?

I’ve received this question more than once about both Outlook and Outlook Express. There isn’t enough information in the  questions to pull together “The Answer”, but there are definitely a number of things to look at when your email or the folders containing it disappear without warning.

To answer the question directly: maybe. Depending on what happened your mail, like the truth, may still be out there.

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