I often name people in my Gmail account's contact with the "funny" name(s) that remind me of who they are like Smith from Company A, Smith Funny, Smith big head, etc.

When sending message in Gmail, in To field, I just want to put the recipients' emails only; NOT their emails preceeded by my "funny names". The reason is that I don't want people know I call them like that ^_^

How can I make Gmail to put email only instead of the full format as Full Contact Name <[email protected]>?

Currently I have to manually edit the To field to remove the preceding names. It would be very lovely for me if Gmail setting have a checkbox that says To field without names


1 Answer 1


I am assuming that you are sending the mail via Gmail's standard web interface, and that your "funny name" for the recipient is defined in your corresponding Gmail (or Google) Contacts entry for that person.

I think that the only solution is to manually edit the recipient details in the Compose window, before hitting Send.

For example, if you start typing "Smith" inside "To" (or "Cc" / "Bcc"), the auto-complete mechanism will show you the available options -- say:

 - "Smith from Company A" <[email protected]>
 - "Smith Funny" <[email protected]>
 - "Smith big head" <[email protected]>

And let's say that you choose the third one, "Smith big head" .

You would need to manually edit the "Smith big head" part and change it to something that will not embarrass you, and only then hit the Send button.

Big-headed Smith will never know about your secret label, but your entry for him in Contacts will remain unchanged — ready for next time.

This technique should generally be possible also when sending via an alternative email client, such as Mozilla Thunderbird — but you would need to explicitly test this with each such client beforehand.

  • Thanks! I know this and forget to mention it in my OP. I'm looking for a more automatical work around, e.g. an option in Gmail setting that says To field without contact names
    – Nam G VU
    Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 4:53
  • @NamG.VU: No such native GMail functionality. I assume that it would have to be provided by a GMail add-on, but I know of no such one that does what you want.
    – Yosi Mor
    Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 10:35
  • @NamG.VU: so it seems that your question is a duplicate of webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/33316/…
    – Yosi Mor
    Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 11:37
  • Yeah you are right. That was asked back to 2012 last year but no one has ever commented for us
    – Nam G VU
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 6:41

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.