Since Google does not recognise using dots (i.e., if you name is "t.smith", you will get mails to tsmith and t.smith), can you change how your name appears?

In other words, can you change your account name from appearing t.smith to tsmith?

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If your email is [email protected], yes you are able to login using t.smith or t.s.m.i.th and sending emails to [email protected] or [email protected] will end endup in your inbox. But you can't change how it's going to appear once you are logged in. Google will use the username as you wrote it when you created your account.

What you can do though, you can go to your Gmail Settings > Accounts > Add another email address you own, write exactly how you wanted to appear and finally make default.


Do you mean when you send an e-mail ?

  • Go to the Gmail Settings (cranted wheel on the top right)
  • Go the Account Tab
  • Section Send mail as
  • Click on Edit info
  • Change your display name

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