Dave, I see that you are an expert on Microsoft’s MSN Hotmail service. Can you tell me whether there’s any way I can configure my Hotmail account so that when I send mail from that account, it has a different ‘reply to’ address? That’d be super helpful and keep me with Hotmail!
I’m an expert now, eh? Ah, I guess so, even though I still prefer the simple and elegant Gmail interface over MSN Hotmail.
There is indeed a way that you can configure your Hotmail account so that messages sent out have a different return address, rather than your Hotmail address. Be warned, however, that this won’t completely mask your use of Hotmail: anyone reasonably savvy will be able to view the mail headers and recognize that it was sent from a Hotmail account because it’ll still have your Hotmail address as the “from”.
So let’s solve your problem!
To set a different return address, click on the “Options” link in the top right of the MSN Hotmail window once you’re logged into your account.
There are a bunch of different choices, but the one you want to use is Message Replies. The result will be the following display:
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The third section shows what you want: simply click on the radio button next to “identify the address below as the reply-to address” and enter your desired return address in the box.
Click “OK” and you’re good to go!