How to change the "From" email address while replying in new Gmail interface

Learn how you can change the "From" email address when using multiple email address feature in Gmail. Get solution to this small but irritating feature problem of the new user interface in Gmail.

Gmail's new user interface was introduced sometime back and now they are ready to force down the interface on its users. You might have switched back to the old interface but this short reprieve is going to end soon as Google has planned to completely phase out the old interface.

The new UI has received more condemnation than any of its Gmail user interface had before but that doesn't look sufficient to stop Google from forcing its users to new interface. There is a lot of talk amongst users of shifting to other email service providers like Yahoo or Hotmail. But then, there are people like me for whom that would involve a hell lot of work and inconvenience. I have a Yahoo id which I use for purely professional purpose and then the Gmail id which I use to manage my work with my authors and for all my social connections. Though it would not take more than setting up an automated forwarding in my Gmail to manage all emails from my Yahoo account from where I would be able to reply too with my Gmail id only but then I prefer the comfort of having my professional and semi-professional life separate.

I am sure many others would also have their own reasons why they wouldn't want to shift. So, I spent a considerable time to get used to the new interface and found most of the features available but rearranged in the interface. The biggest problem I had was changing the email while replying to someone.

You see, being a blogger, I receive different mails from my different blog email id like ankit[at] or from persons who want to do professional dealings but mail my on my personal Gmail id and when I reply to them, sometimes I have to use a different email like to a person who emails my on my Gmail id regarding Techulator, I would prefer to reply to him using my Techulator email address.

Solution: Anyhow, coming back to track, I could not find the option to change the email when replying to a mail even when I could see it for forwarding and compose. I asked my blogger friends for help but to no avail and then took help of Gmail Product Forum. There, someone showed me that by clicking in the recipient email area, I can also see the "From" email address option. His solution to my problem was "The drop down "from" box is also available in Reply if you click in the Recipients area"

Reply box with From

I tried this but surprisingly the From field did not show up when I clicked the recipient area! However, for most of you, this method will solve your problem and you will find the drop down of your other email addresses. For those who still didn't find it, read on.

Reply box without From

Now this was something I could think of a solution to. So, after having failed to solve the problem I went back to work and as I had to change the email "From" field for replying to someone I reverted back to the old interface, changed the email and hit 'Send'.

Now with my work complete, I again returned to the new interface to tackle the problem and this time when I clicked on the recipient area I saw the "From" field present there! Quite happy I thanked the guy at the Gmail Forum and also made clear my frustration over the complexity of this new interface. When geeks like us are facing problems in adapting to this new Gmail user interface, I can just imagine the plight of a common user.

I hope you didn't mind my in depth story rather than a direction solution to this problem :) Let me know if you are facing any other problem in the new Gmail interface and I would love to help you in that.

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