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how to display full email address fearless_fool 6/20/09 9:32 AM
In the main mail window, gmail will display messages (e.g.) from "Bob".  Since I know many Bobs, I'd prefer to see the full email address, e.g. "b...@bobloblaw.com".  I haven't found a setting for this - Is there one?
Re: how to display full email address elizabethsarah 6/20/09 11:01 AM
You need to click on settings -> accounts
you will see Send mail as:
(Use Gmail to send from your other email addresses)
Learn more
edit your info and you can change how you want your outgoing emails displayed
http://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&utm_source=en-et-more&utm_medium=et&utm_campaign=en#settings/accounts
Re: how to display full email address fearless_fool 6/20/09 11:58 AM
Hi ElizabethSarah: That's useful, but not for what I'm after.  I'm not trying to change how my outgoing e-mail address is displayed -- I want the gmail client to expand the e-mail addresses that I *see* in the incoming mail window.  I'll keep the question open for now.  Thanks.

Re: how to display full email address MsI53 6/21/09 12:02 PM
fearless -- you can't change what you see on incoming mail. That is a setting governed by the sender, same as you determine what other people see coming from you.

Your best bet is to give each Bob his own label, which you can name however you like, and use a filter to automatically apply the label.
Re: how to display full email address fearless_fool 6/21/09 12:46 PM
Hi Msl53: I don't buy the argument that the visibility is set by the sender.  For example, I have an e-mail message that gmail displays with a header of:
  Redfin to Robert
...which doesn't tell me much.  When I expand it (by clicking on "show details"), I see that it's really
  From: Redfin <donot...@redfin.com>
  To: Robert Poor <r...@somesite.edu>
It would be really handy if gmail displayed the real email addresses rather than its idea of a short name, for instance:
  donot...@refin.com to r...@somesite.edu

Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 6/21/09 12:53 PM
Gmail displays the name or address the sender specifies in his own account settings. If you set your display name to be "12345", then everybody you send to will see that the email they received came from someone called "12345".

So, no matter what name you give to your contacts on your Contacts list, the inbox will still display the name they have set for themselves. And this is how pretty much all the email services work.
Re: how to display full email address MsI53 6/21/09 1:03 PM
I don't see how that example proves anything. The incoming mail shows Redfin because that is how Redfin sends it out. If Redfin wanted its email address to be the display name, then that is how it would come to you.

The fact is that every email client and service works in exactly the same manner. You can create address book listings in whatever name you want, and that is what will be applied to all *outgoing* mail. But regardless of what you have in your address book, what is visible for an incoming message will always be the name that the sender uses. In 15 years I have yet to find any program, client or service that allows this to be changed on the recipient's end. If you can provide a concrete example that contradicts me, please do.
Re: how to display full email address CB99 6/22/09 12:45 PM
So why Thunderbird has a Sender Mailaddress field that can be set to show?
I'd be happy to have that feature in Gmail too!

CB
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 6/22/09 12:58 PM
The inbox view cannot be changed. But if you hover your mouse over the sender's name, a popup will tell you the details about the person.

There are add-ons for Firefox which you can set to "always show details" when you open an email. One such add-on is Better Gmail 2.
Re: how to display full email address megadesign 7/9/09 1:40 AM
This is actually stupid on Gmail. In most cases Gmail shorts senders name to first name only in folded messages. If you know 10 persons with the same first name, it's very very annoying...
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 7/9/09 2:35 AM
You can still use the info popup.
Re: how to display full email address megadesign 7/9/09 2:48 AM
Yes, i know about workarounds, but it changes nothing with this basic issue. There are still too much cases where it makes problems. Can you imagine long conversation with 5 people, where 3 of them are "Bob" ? ;)
Re: how to display full email address ArvindRSingh 7/14/09 7:56 AM
Email headers are available when u click detail link it shows most of the details like from, to, date/time,etc, but the problem is user has to click the link for every message viewed. There is nothing like "Always show header info". Atleast I have not found anything in Gmail. No headers, basic header and full headers are available in yahoo mail. I'm missing that so much.
Re: how to display full email address Nathan Aschoff 9/2/09 12:32 AM
Fearless fool, I understand your question. None of these answers are helping. I also find this to be the most annoying limitation of the Gmail view.

As the problem is stated: when I am in my inbox I have email from say 'Info', I don't want to just see info in the inbox view I want to see the full sender address. I would like to see 'info@cheaptickets' for example. Not just 'Info' it's annoying. And I don't want to have to click the email and click show details to finally see who 'Info' is. I also don't want to have to hover over everything just to see who this 'Info' really is.

Is there any way at all to change this view setting?!?!

Help needed.
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 9/2/09 1:16 AM
Again: Gmail, just like all the other email services, displays the sender's information the way he or she specified it in his or her own settings.
Re: how to display full email address MsI53 9/2/09 3:48 AM
And again: Use labels! A label will allow you to see exactly who each sender is.
Re: how to display full email address MsI53 9/2/09 3:50 AM
Megadesign -- yes, I can; yes, I have that situation; and labels are the answer.

Why is everyone so resistant to this? IT WORKS!
Re: how to display full email address otichy 9/2/09 8:24 AM
What MsI53 and gravi_t are saying is simply not true and as I have been searching for an answer to this stion for some time I have noticed that MsI53 has been spreading this missinformation around quite a lot.

The simplest way to prove it's not true is to try it out (set an email, define a name, send it to gmail), or check the email source. I did both. If you set your name as "John Smith" in any email client and send it to a gmail address, gmail displays it as "John" in inbox (yes, it shows it as "John Smith" while reading the mail, but that's not an issue). The only time gmail actually shows the full name is whent the sender does not specify his name at all, but gmail guesses it from the email address. So in case John Smith sets nothing as his name, but has an address "john....@domain.com" it shows in gmail as "John Smith".

All other email clients I have met actually do what MsI53 and gravi_t suggest gmail is doing - display what they are told to display and do not try being too clever about it.

I enjoy gmail's cleverness, it often helps (e.g. in case the sender has not set his name at all). But in this case it really hurts. I have many new contacts sending me mail every day. Many of them have the same first name. In such case no labels or filters help and teh fact that you can hover for more details...well. Not to mention that outside the English speaking world the first names look just ridiculous. Imagine that the mail from your boss would display as from the "FatGuy" just because gmail figured he might be a bit overweight. That's how it looks for non native speakers of English.

What really bothers me is that this would be such an easy feature to add, just a switch in the settings that would tell gmail to display exactly what the senders defined as their name.

I ask everybody for whom this is a pain to go and start a request here: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=suggestions.cs I already did that.

(And I didn't meant to offend MsI53 or gravi_t - it's great that you try to help, just that this time it seems to be a bit counterproductive)
Re: how to display full email address MsI53 9/2/09 9:36 AM
The simplest way to prove it's not true is to try it out (set an email, define a name, send it to gmail), or check the email source. I did both. If you set your name as "John Smith" in any email client and send it to a gmail address, gmail displays it as "John" in inbox.

I send email to my gmail address from my work email address all the time. My work email is sent using my full name. That is what shows up in my inbox, NOT just my first name. It makes no difference how I have that email address listed in my contacts.

I've been using email for a good 15 years. I have never found any client that could affect the display on an incoming email name. Please name one specifically.


Re: how to display full email address otichy 9/2/09 10:01 AM
I have never found any client that could affect the display on an incoming email name. Please name one specifically.

In fact, the only client I know that does change the way the names are displayed is gmail. And the only thing I am asking for is that doesn't do that, I want it to behave like any other client (most of the time I use TB to access my gmail through imap and I have no problem there).

My work email is sent using my full name. That is what shows up in my inbox, NOT just my first name. It makes no difference how I have that email address listed in my contacts.

I believe you that it is so when you email from your work address and I can't explain why, but believe me, it changes all the names in the mail I receive. You can check that yourself - you should have at least some emails in your inbox that show up with a first name and that you do not have in your contacts. Go to the source of the message and you will see that the sender has not specified the first name to be used. At least that is my case and I don't think there would be all the other complaints if it weren't so. In most of the Europe, nobody would actually set his/her first name as a display name in his/her email client and I beleive most English speaking people can't be bothered either - they just set their full name, beucase that is what the clients ask them to do.
Re: how to display full email address MsI53 9/2/09 10:07 AM
I am looking at my inbox. Every incoming message shows me either an email address or a first name or a full name, and each is totally dependent on what that person chooses to call him- or herself. My three friends who do not use a display name are shown by their email addresses, not their first names.

I can't ever recall an instance of gmail changing something the way you say it does.
Re: how to display full email address otichy 9/2/09 10:20 AM
Could you post a header (with changed personal info of course) of any of the emails that show just the first name? In my case, these look like this (I change the name and the address, the rest is the same):
From: =?us-ascii?Q?John=20Smith?= <John...@domain.com>
or
From: =?iso-8859-2?Q?John_Smith?= <John...@domain.com>
etc.

In all these cases I do not have the senders in my contacts and there is no other info in the mail header about the name of the sender, yet all show as "John". All such mails show as "John Smith" in TB or Outlook.
If your gmail account behaves differently than we have an anwer to the misunderstanding and a slightly encouraging one for all of us who hate what our gmail accounts do, because it might mean that it can be changed. The question would remain how...

Re: how to display full email address MsI53 9/2/09 12:11 PM
All of my mail is from people in my contacts, but sure. Here's one:
Delivered-To: xxxxgmail.com
Received: by 10.229.89.11 with SMTP id c11cs73160qcm;
Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:13:46 -0700 (PDT)
MIME-Version: 1.0
Received: by 10.220.105.19 with SMTP id r19mr7469408vco.63.1251767625458; Mon,
31 Aug 2009 18:13:45 -0700 (PDT)
In-Reply-To: <7d51c21b0908310916x6241ec41s896ef7faa376a1f0@mail.gmail.com>
References: <a6f6e91d0908301332r574ccb11t70d3259785c0d130@mail.gmail.com>
<7d51c21b0908310916x6241ec41s896ef7faa376a1f0@mail.gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:13:45 -0700
Message-ID: <d495d390908311813k49fe6f5aj3bdb95c02339e01d@mail.gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Looks like i'm famous now :)
From: Peggy <xx...@gmail.com>
To: Susan <xx...@gmail.com>
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary=0016e6476dfea826cc047279dc4c

--0016e6476dfea826cc047279dc4c
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1


Re: how to display full email address otichy 9/2/09 12:18 PM
Aha, but "Peggy" form your example header has specified first name to be displayed by the client (From: Peggy <xx...@gmail.com>) and the mail should display "Peggy" unlike the examle I gave, where the name specified was "John Smith", but gmail displayed it as "John".

I really think I have ample proof of gmail actually changing the display name and unlessn find an email which contains a full name in the header and displays it as a full name, I can't believe that it is different for other users. But thanks for help!
Re: how to display full email address megadesign 9/2/09 12:40 PM
The way Gmail displays names in conversations (folded messages) is simple. It shorts names to the FIRST WORD from any user defined name. When somebody have name "John Doe" defined in email client, and he will send you answer to Gmail, the names in this conversation (in Gmail INBOX) will be displayed as "me, John". When somebody have name "MyCompany - Peter Pan", the names in Inbox will be displayed as "me, MyCompany" ... and so on. It looks that space and _ are word delimiters. Maybe some next...

Gmail think that all users in the World are using surname or unique name as the first word in their mailbox names. But reality is different.

Displaying of the names in standalone (not conversation) emails is ok. There is full name always.
Re: how to display full email address otichy 9/2/09 12:43 PM
Yes, that's what I have been trying to say. And it is, in my opinion, a rather stupid thing to do, especially if there is no way to change this behavior.
Re: how to display full email address megadesign 9/2/09 12:47 PM
And it has nothing to do with your Contacts. The name of sender is to mail header filled by sender's email client from it's settings...
Re: how to display full email address otichy 9/2/09 1:13 PM
Well, I don't think it is that easy. In some cases it displays the full name even though it could have been clipped. Sometimes it might be the case because it is in UTF8 and sometimes because it is in my contact list.  People on the net also complain that it sometimes goes for the second name instead of first or last. The logic is not quite straightforward but that makes it even worse for me...
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 9/2/09 2:03 PM
OK, I figured it out. After that, I read megadesign's post, which is about the same thing, so I won't post the same thing again. (Conversations shorten the displayed name to 1st word.) The explanation for this is simple: there wouldn't be enough space to display the whole thing.

What MsI53 and gravi_t are saying is simply not true
This is a lie.

...has been spreading this missinformation around quite a lot.
And this is a lie too.

set your name as "John Smith" in any email client and send it to a gmail address, gmail displays it as "John" in inbox
Not unless it is a conversation, when it will be displayed as "me, John" or "John, me".

gmail guesses it from the email address
No. When there's no name specified, the email address is shown.

Many of them have the same first name. In such case no labels or filters help
And this is a lie (set a label for each address).


it displays the full name even though it could have been clipped
??? Sorry, all this time you were complaining about Gmail clipping the name.


Well, I don't think it is that easy.
But it is that easy.


and sometimes because it is in my contact list

Your contact list has nothing to do with it, because Gmail does not display names the way they are in your address book. It displays names the way the sender specified it, just like any other email service.


People on the net also complain that it sometimes goes for the second name instead of first or last.
Example, please.

It is, however, possible to have the names displayed the way you want them -- as opposed to the way the sender wants them: in an email client, such as Thunderbird or Outlook.

(And I didn't meant to offend otichy - it's great that you try to help, just that this time it seems to be a bit counterproductive)
Re: how to display full email address otichy 9/2/09 2:38 PM
Oh man, this really is counterproductive. Read what fearless_fool wrote and what you replied, of course we are talking about conversations the whole time!

This is a lie.


What you said simply was not true, gmail changes the way the name is displayed in inbox. I had never said you lied, I conclude that it was a misunderstanding few posts ago.


And this is a lie too.

If you don't beleive me that MsI53 has been repeating that gmail does not changes the name, just use google...
e.g. http://markmail.org/message/boxvm6w3i2z7hi5v or
http://groups.google.com/group/gmail-labs-suggest-a-labs-feature/browse_thread/thread/8e28a7771744bdf0/14bd5f7a3465b175?lnk=gst&q=
but this is really pointless...


No. When there's no name specified, the email address is shown


You are partially right, but it isn't the email address that is shown, it's just the username. I have been mislead by the fact that several of my contacts used username like John.Smith and I missed the full stop (again, full email would suit me much better).

And this is a lie (set a label for each address).

Labels won't help if you are constantly getting mail from new people. Setting label for each of them simply isn't an acceptable solution (that's like moving each mail from a new contact into a new folder, why should gmail force me to do this?)


??? Sorry, all this time you were complaining about Gmail clipping the name.
Yes, read the posts above to which you have even replied. It's the same thing and it seems you have only realised now...?!

But it is that easy. & Example, please.

Check this out. I treiedhttp://markmail.org/message/eem4j5la4z4rru6o


It is, however, possible to have the names displayed the way
you want them -- as opposed to the way the sender wants them: in an email client, such as Thunderbird or Outlook.

ugh, no comment, end of flame from me...

It is obvious that gmail does this to save space, but I'd really prefer to have the choice of how it does the clipping. I'd be grateful for any helpful suggestions and I think I am not alone guessing fom the number of discussions about this around. I guess greasemonkey script could partially do this, but is it really neccessary?
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 9/2/09 2:47 PM
The link that you posted only proves that megadesign, MsI53 and me (and all those whose posts you referenced) are right. Gmail does display the names the way the sender spacified them.

An finally, after tons of nonsense, we finally figured out what you could have just said right at the beginning:
"I'd really prefer to have the choice of how it does the clipping"

Here you go:

Suggest a feature:
Gmail Help › Suggest a Feature (in the "Help resources" box on the right)

Use the "I have another idea" menu at the bottom.
Re: how to display full email address otichy 9/2/09 2:53 PM
The link I posted (http://markmail.org/
message/eem4j5la4z4rru6o) shows that gmail clips names such as  "J.S. de Boer." to "de" which is hardly what the user specified and hardly the first word...

I already wrote in my first post that I had suggested the feature to G, so this was a bit pointless comment...
Re: how to display full email address megadesign 9/2/09 2:54 PM
Ok. As you wrote, the problem is not enough space for displaying full names of conversation members...

I think there is a better way how to keep good overview over conversations (than shortening names). For example reverse the order of names, so that name of a last sender will be displayed as the first.

For me it's much more readable something like this:

"John Doe, John Green, Company - Pete..."

than this (current):

"me, Company, John, John"

because I usualy remember last progress of conversation.

With a little hint with mouseover finalization of the full names list it would be a great solution...

Sure, there are still situations, when my "solution" is poor, but I think that current behavior is much more confusing. In my opinion...
Re: how to display full email address otichy 9/2/09 2:58 PM
Yes, this would help me as well. Or in fact, I could do without the snippets (those can be turned off) and with only a few words of the subject. I guess the main point is that this should be customizable. But that can be said about many features of many applications ;)
Re: how to display full email address airkdp 9/10/09 12:16 PM
AOL displays the 'from' email address in your inbox.  It's helpful to be able to see that something is from 'ser...@wackyfakepaypalsite.com' rather than just a display name of 'paypal' or whatever the bad guy wants you to see.  Gmail needs to have an option of displaying the from email address in your full inbox rather than just when you click on it or hover the mouse; I'd guess this should be the most urgent thing they should be updating.  They could have an option of displaying just the email address, or just the display name that the sender made, or both.  Of course the paypal thing would hopefully go to spam, but it is just one example among many where you'd rather see right away where something came from.
Re: how to display full email address marco42 9/15/09 6:00 PM
I'm with otichy on this issue.  I do not understand why Gmail does not offer users the option to display the full names, rather than only the first names, of conversation members.  (I also do not understand why this simple issue has generated so much heat and name-calling.)   Following otichy's lead, I have made a request that Google add this option in Gmail settings.  I hope Google gives the idea priority consideration because this is my #1 frustration with Gmail.
Re: how to display full email address chriswhalencpa 10/6/09 6:10 AM
Either way, the functionality that is provided for free from Google is outstanding.
Re: how to display full email address GeoM 11/22/09 11:33 PM
wow, this conversation is heated, but i too am frustrated by having just first names showing in the inbox. i've posted about this before. but gravi_t, i have to disagree. ever use a Yahoo Mail acct? it shows the entire name in the inbox, not just 'bob' or 'mary', but 'bob jones' or 'mary smith'. seems pretty simple. i use gmail and yahoo, and yahoo has been my main acct for 10 years because of issues like this and not being able to have last names first in gmail. seems like a simple fix, but i guess we're all wrong. just scrolled thru 100 or so emails in my Yahoo acct, and not one showed just a first name. they're all first and last, or 'amazon.com', not just 'amazon'. if i email myself form yahoo to gmail, it just shows 'george', even though i've told yahoo to use both first and last name. i have over 1800 contacts in my yahoo and gmail accts, and it would be absurd to think that one should have to manually reverse the order of the names by editing, or make a filter for every contact. my life is not that empty:)
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 11/22/09 11:35 PM
GeoM,

Excuse me, could you help me out? I cannot find where exactly I was talking about Yahoo. Can you show it to me?
Re: how to display full email address MsI53 11/24/09 10:50 AM
@GeoM -- I'd like to know how you accomplished that in Yahoo. I just did some testing and was not able to replicate your result. I listed myself in my Yahoo contacts using my full name and my gmail address, but when I emailed myself at Yahoo from the gmail address, only my first name showed up in the inbox, because that is how my gmail account is set. Similarly, I set up another contact in Yahoo using only my first name and my work email address, which goes out with my full name as the display, sent an email from the work address to Yahoo, and the Yahoo inbox showed my full name even though that's not what's in my contacts listing.

(And when I email myself at gmail from my work address, the full name always appears in the inbox.)
.
Re: how to display full email address luvlyjubbly1 1/5/10 6:08 AM
I find that very hard to believe....I am very frustrated with gravi_t and MsI53 reading these posts..you just don't bother to read carefully what people are writing/communicating.

GeoM did not infer that you were ever talking about Yahoo. He/She was using Yahoo as an example to demonstrate how it handles incoming email adresses....

Bottom line this issue is a nuisance..period....in a business environment one should not be expected to filter,hover,label etc etc in order to know who sent the mail.

So cutting through all the crap.. the answer to the original question is - there is no feature currently in Gmail to allow you to set how the email address of the sender is displayed... and there should be.....
Re: how to display full email address megadesign 1/5/10 8:01 AM
... at least in conversations (or folded messages or how_you_call_it), where the main problem is, IMO.
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 1/5/10 9:34 AM
luvlyjubbly1,
Re: how to display full email address MsI53 1/5/10 12:11 PM
@luvlyjubbly et al. -- Please stop saying that gravi_t and I don't understand what we are reading. We understand perfectly well.

GeoM was using Yahoo as an example. He said that Yahoo shows full names in his inbox all the time. I have done extensive testing and am unable to replicate this. No matter how I set my contacts in Yahoo, what appears in my inbox matches the display name I use for my other, non-Yahoo accounts. The sender name in the Yahoo inbox does NOT change to match the Yahoo contact listings for those accounts. So even though I put my full name in my Yahoo contact listing for my gmail account, mail from that gmail account shows in my Yahoo inbox with just my first name, because that is how I send gmail. And when I email myself at gmail from my other accounts, gmail shows me whatever I have set for those accounts themselves. So in my gmail inbox I get a full name on work email, but only a first name from Yahoo, because that is how I send mail from those accounts.

I don't object to being told I am wrong when I am wrong, but so far that's all I've heard without anyone's providing a shred of *concrete* evidence that there is any mail program or client that can do what you are saying it can. I am unable to replicate any such behavior in Outlook, Eudora or Yahoo. And I have never seen this in my 15 years of emailing.





Re: how to display full email address otichy 1/5/10 12:46 PM
But the trouble is that you are trying to replicate a functionality that nobody asked for.
That is the basis of the misunderstanding. What people are craving for is that Google displays the name as it is specified in the email (as Yahoo and almost everyone else does) and not cripple it into a first name only as it does e.g. in "conversations"/threads. Nothing more, nothing less. Yes, full names are more difficult to fit into the narrow column. But than - how difficult it would be to give user the option to decide for himself what is more useful (I'd rather see less of the subject, fewer names in conversations/threads or give up the whole threaded view feature than see only the first names).
Re: how to display full email address MsI53 1/5/10 1:09 PM
OK, for that I stand corrected, and thank you. Note, though, that the wording of the original question was not nearly as clear and seemed to be asking for what I explained. The subsequent discussion also went in several directions.

You've already correctly noted higher up that turning off snippets gives you more room for names. I can't speak for google, obviously, but it seems to me that the thinking behind all this is that gmail is designed and meant to be used as conversations in conjunction with labels to avoid confusion. I've had to root around in my archive to find anything even showing what everyone is complaining about, because <a> I'm accustomed to the names as I receive them, know who my correspondents are, and don't have to think about it, and <b>my labels make it really easy to identify who is in which conversations even when we are talking about as many as a dozen people (and so I really don't pay attention to the names anyway).


Re: how to display full email address IceColdCrash 1/8/10 11:57 AM
i want contact name to show up as i have it saved in teh contact list...
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 1/8/10 12:13 PM
IceColdCrash,

Read my reply on 9/2/09 in this conversation.
Re: how to display full email address IceColdCrash 1/8/10 6:27 PM
gravi_t, look man,
sorry for my last post, i was a complete jerk, I had not read the whole thing beforebut I did now.
Nice work u're doing.
IceColdCrash
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 1/8/10 11:20 PM
No problem really, I just didn't want to type the whole thing again.
Re: how to display full email address chriswhalencpa 1/9/10 5:59 AM
I have tried to unsubscribe from this help forum page, but even though it tells me I am not subscribed, I keep getting emails when this topic is updated. Can anyone help me truly get unsubscribed?
Re: how to display full email address gravi_t 1/9/10 6:20 AM
chriswhalencpa,

It is really easy to do. When you look at this page, there is the text box where you can type, and there is the "Post reply" button below it. Under that there is "Subscribe" in bold, and a check box: "Email me when people reply" and a "Save" button. Uncheck the box and save.
Re: how to display full email address wsalopek1 1/28/10 10:42 AM
There is nothing like "Always show header info". Atleast I have not found anything in Gmail. No headers, basic header and full headers are available in yahoo mail. I'm missing that so much.

This is exactly the point...thanks Arvind.

Everyone else never understood the question...and I too wish GMail had a setting to "always show details" (or "always show (partial/full) header)"...something like:

FROM:
TO:
DATE:
SUBJECT:

In other words, I'd like to have the same options Yahoo Mail gives the user.
Re: how to display full email address Liassic2 3/15/10 8:23 AM
So the answer to "How do I differentiate mails from 3 different 'Annes' is ???????????

After several months of arguing I think the answer is "It's not possible".
Well done everyone, a great job.
Re: how to display full email address waktasz 4/5/10 7:08 PM
Doesn't work for Google Apps users.  One of the main things keeping me inside of Outlook instead of "graduating" to the web interface.
Re: how to display full email address SECleric 4/9/10 1:54 AM
Being a clergyman, my conversations are not easy to follow as GMail lists them as 'Me','Fr', 'Fr', 'Fr'. Almost impossible to follow. Leaves me in Outlook as well.
Re: how to display full email address waktasz 4/9/10 6:14 AM
This is such an easy fix, and something that affects certain people in more ways than just cosmetically (see above). I have a feeling Google doesn't consider this an issue, so they are ignoring it since it is by design.  They probably never foresaw SECleric's problem.
Re: how to display full email address dilnworldrs 4/29/10 8:26 PM
I have found again and again that when a user requests a simple option from gmail...a bunch of loyalists come up with all the awkward workarounds, contorted reasoning and obtuseness.  

AOL is how old...? 15 years?  and it shows every incoming with the complete email address. Why is this not an option in Gmail. Yes...there are time consuming, clumsy workarounds....but why don't we have this option in 2010?

I have asked if it is possible to eliminate the irritating prompt every time you send an email with no subject.
I received an idiotic post about email protocol, as if google was functioning as a kind of nanny state for email, reminding you to put in a subject, whether you want the reminder or not.

I have asked for the ability to view email by sender rather than by date....other dopey workarounds suggested.

Why is this program so tone deaf to the fact that different users have different ways of working. That a good program would respect that and offer flexibility.

Very unsatisfactory in my opinion 
Re: how to display full email address dilnworldrs 4/30/10 4:28 AM
I imagine the automotive equivalent of google launching a car  without a gas gauge. 

Someone writes in: "Is there no way for me to look and see if I am running low on gas, as I do with every other car I have owned. The motor equivalent of the Gmail loyalist writes:

"You should write down how many gallons of gas you added and what the odometer said at that point. Then divide by the mpg of the car, dividing into city and highway driving......"

The first post asked if it were possible to see  full email addresses—the answer is no. That simple

Google approach to mail presents a "cool" casual look (first names  etc). Underneath this relaxed presentation is a y rigid, one size fits all approach to working method. The idea that different users might have different approaches  which should be respected and facilitated—this never seems to enter the mind of the programmers.

And the fans keep answering with either— it is impossible to do what you ask, or you can get around the problem in some tedious clumsy way.

A very disappointing program.
Re: how to display full email address chriswhalencpa 4/30/10 4:54 AM
dilnworldrs, The program is free. There are many other email program options for you. Please use them. Google is adding features all the time. They are given priority based on user feedback. These problems you are addressing are valid, but they are not impacting the vast majority of users in a negative way, so they do not get the attention you would like.

Remember they are programming for hundreds of millions on many platforms, so upgrades etc can take a long time to be properly tested.

Have you tried to use a local email client with your Google Account to get the functionality you want?
Re: how to display full email address waktasz 4/30/10 11:22 AM
^^Chris Whalen...this issue applies to paid users of Google Apps as well.
Re: how to display full email address Morthland48 7/22/10 12:43 PM
I gave up after about 25 responses, so if anyone found an answer, please refer me back to the right post.
I run a library for senior citizens and the catalog program we use has been changing my designations. I emailed them and apparently they had someone I had not communicated with previously contact me. Since I have had problems with unwanted emails, I deleted the emails unread. (I may have reported is as spam) It took some time for me to discover that I had deleted something I wanted.
I don't want someone's first and last name; I want the email addy. In the case above, the last name would have meant nothing.
I have an account with yahoo and have been annoyed that they never answer a question. But at least they always provide the name and email addy so I can know if I'm dealing with someone I want to communicate with. This is not a function of who sent the email, it is a function of gmail, and if I can't get this adjusted for my professional work, I may be stuck going back to yahoo. (yecch.)
Re: how to display full email address Morthland48 7/22/10 12:46 PM
P.S. I will get back and read the whole thread if I ever get the time. I will skim through it right now.
Re: how to display full email address Morthland48 7/22/10 12:52 PM
P.P.S. I have several gmail accounts (Hurrah!) and I could live with the current system on most of them, but for my professional stuff I need that full email - and preferably the subject line too.
Re: how to display full email address Michael Thomson 9/14/10 11:42 AM
Since lots of people seem to be denying Gmail does this, I thought I'd put a picture on here to prove it :).


Left hand side, Thunderbird showing clearly a message from web...@scan.co.uk, and one from eBay. eBay have set their name as eBay, Scan haven't set their name as anything. In Thunderbird, I can clearly see the Scan email is from Scan by the email address. 

Right hand side, the same messages on Gmail. Scan haven't set a name, so Gmail shortens web...@scan.co.uk to "website". This could be one of a million websites, and I have no idea who it is from without opening it or hovering. eBay, who have set a name themselves, are displayed the same as in Thunderbird. 

OP was suggesting that for people with unspecified names, Gmail doesn't try to shorten them itself as a lot of the time it causes difficulty. 

Just thought I'd post this for the 1/2 a page worth of people who didn't seem to get it... And because I'd like an answer to his question :).
Re: how to display full email address MartyD55 11/24/10 5:07 AM
I find this annoying as well.
I have about 18 "Johns" in my contacts and would like to be able to see which of them is involved in which conversations.
Re: how to display full email address Mule65 12/28/10 8:18 AM
Settings->General->Conversation View: OFF

Voila!
Re: how to display full email address wsalopek1 12/28/10 8:23 AM
Thanks for the answer, but a lot of people like the conversation view...we still need an answer for them.


Re: how to display full email address Europa76 2/10/11 11:20 AM
I want to see the email addresses as well! Goooooogle!
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