Dec 072010

We’ve had lots of questions lately about how to email pictures from Picasa if you don’t use a address, so we’re going to visit this topic again.

Emailing pictures with Picasa is SO easy.

Simply select the picture or pictures you want to email and click the Email button at the bottom.  Picasa takes care of resizing and applying your edits.  It’s single-click easy …

IF … you use Gmail or Outlook as your email program.


If instead you use AOL, or Yahoo, or MSN for your email program then it’s not so easy.  I have heard people getting it to work but they’ve had to jump thru a lot of hoops to do so.  I often tell people,

“Just use Google Mail, it works great.”

But they respond,

“I don’t use my Gmail address and I don’t want my recipient to see that address, I only want them to receive mail from me at my yahoo/AOL/MSN address.”

I say,

“That’s fine.  You can configure Gmail to pretend the mail is coming from your Yahoo/AOL/MSN address.  So, you will be using the Gmail program to send your mail, but it will use your Yahoo/AOL/MSN address to do so.  It’s the best of both worlds.”

Here’s how you do it:

Create a custom ‘From’ address in Gmail

  1. Step 1: Open your Gmail account and click on ‘Settings’ in the upper right corner
  2. Step 2: Click on ‘Accounts and Import’ then click the button to ‘Send mail from another Address.’
  3. Step 3: Follow the prompts:
    a) Fill in the form with the name you want displayed in the ‘From’ field, and the email address you want displayed.  For example, Emma Woodhouse,  Click ‘Next Step.’
    b) Select the button for “Send thru Gmail” Click ‘Next Step.’
    c) Verify that you own that email address by clicking on the button for ‘Send Verification.’
  4. Find the email that was sent to that address ( and click the link to verify it.

Set your default address

Now you have two addresses that your Gmail program can use (I have 5!) = the address and the address.  You want to set the default to be your address.  In the Gmail settings for Accounts and Import, you should see both addresses listed.  Over to the right, you should see links that look like the image below.

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Emailing Photos


For your Yahoo/AOL/MSN … address, click the ‘Make Default’ link.

From now on, if you use the ‘Email’ button in Picasa and choose Gmail, your email will reach your recipient with the From field showing  They will never see your gmail address.  If they reply to the email, that reply will come to your Yahoo/AOL/MSN … inbox.

Import your Address book

If you choose to use the above technique you may miss having your Yahoo/AOL/MSN … address book as you use Gmail to send your pictures.  That is easily remedied.  On the same Accounts and Import Settings screen, click on “Import Mail and Contacts”  You will be prompted for the email address and password, then you can choose to import just the Contacts.

Voila!  You now have all the benefits of using Gmail to send pictures with Picasa and you’re not showing your Gmail address to anyone.

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  3 Responses to “Emailing Pictures thru Gmail withOUT using a gmail address”

  1. i’ve always used aol. i know that’s not one of your favorite things, but it’s the only one i’ve used and i’m satisfied with it…i don’t have a problem sending the picasa pictures using aol. i do what you say in picasa…pick the pictures and click email. it then gives me the screen you show but aol is in the place of outlook. i click aol…if aol is active it prepares an aol email saying i’m sending pictures……that’s it.

  2. I love emailing pictures using Picasa and Gmail (it’s so easy, quick, and carefree). That is an excellent tip for those using Yahoo, etc. I’ll be sure to refer people here when they have similar questions. 🙂

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