About Bonnie Gean

Bonnie is a full-time writer and marketer with over 20-years of experience as an entrepreneur. She loves helping people overcome the technical challenges associated with an online business. Need a step-by-step tutorial? Simply ASK her and she'll help you too.

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  1. At last!! I’ve done it :) Helped having 2 computers operating so I could have the primary email open on one and the secondary on the other so I wasn’t forever logging in and out of emails.

    Just about got the hang of the process when I ran out of emails to add ;) lol

    Thanks Bonnie – it was good to know I could come back here for the instructions!
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  2. Hello Bonnie,
    Very well done video instruction. So I have my old(secondary) gmail be forwarded to my new(primary) gmail. But I want to import all the old/saved/archived emails from secondary account to the new/primary? Along with my old labels etc. Can that be done?

  3. If you have your multiple gmail accounts going to one gmail account, can you still access your G+ account for your primary address with all of this going on?
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  4. Hi Bonnie. Love the video!
    The thing that bugs me about the way Google sets this up is when an email is sent from the primary account but using the secondary account email address, the receiver sees both email addresses, the primary and then it says sending on behalf of the secondary. Maybe it’s me but I think this looks unprofessional.
    Great website, keep up the good work!!! :)
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    • Truthfully, I don’t think many people look at the from: field all that much. Even if they did, I think they would appreciate the fact that their mail was answered and not care where it was answered from.

      Don’t you?

  5. I have 4 mail accounts and I do the same. But It’ll keep a copy on the other accounts.
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  6. Hi Bonnie, I don’t have gmail but want to commend your this exceptional video. I certainly won’t have a problem implementing when the need arises. Thank you.
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  7. you can actually combine multiple pop3 email into 1 gmail account. yahoo + hotmail + webhost email all to gmail.After you set it up all incoming emails will be flag differently so you can tell which inbox it’s from.also, you will be able to choice which of your email address to reply. here’s a tutorial i found:


  8. Hey Bonnie

    Would this same thing work to add my hotmail accounts to go to my main gmail account too?

    Mary Kathan
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    • I don’t use Hotmail, but if they allow e-mail forwarding you can forward Hotmail to G-mail.

      I’m not certain the aliasing would work the same way since you’re using 2 different services, but it’s worth a shot to try it.

  9. Thanks Bonnie, that’s useful – and also the comments that followed.

    I’ve unfortunately managed to get myself two Google profiles and wonder if it’s advisable to try and merge them? At the moment I’m just using one and leaving the other to wither. But there’s stuff connected to both :-(

    Time is scarce at the moment, but one day …..

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  10. Thanks for the reply. Yeah it leaves me crossed-eyed every time I think about it. Everything I have set up now the “alias” isn’t checked. So it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Heh go figure. :)
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    • With the alias checked, it’s supposed to make it look as if you’re answering with the true account. That’s why you’re asked to provide a “from name” in step #1.

      The alias works for me with all the accounts I’ve set up this way. I’m not sure why it doesn’t make a difference for you.

  11. I always thought that checking the “treat as alias” box caused a problem when you hit reply. Instead of it showing the email address the mail was sent to, it automatically defaults to the main email account.

    So in the case of the emails in the video, if you received mail to bonniegean2012 and clicked reply with the “treat as alias” checked, your reply email defaults to turnplrintocash.

    That’s what I got from the info at Google which is about as clear as mud. Have you seen that happening?

    Also, did you know you can log into 3 gmail addresses at a time?

    Go to the drop down arrow beside the email address. Choose Add Account and log into another gmail account.

    The downside, you can’t access anything other than the emails of the “added” accounts but you don’t have to log in and out if you’re setting up a forward.
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    • I’ve tested this multiple times and I’ve never had a problem. In fact, I just went in and checked again after your inquiry.

      I used a third account to send mail to the secondary account, which forwarded to the primary account. I logged into the primary account and hit reply and typed a response.

      I went back to the third account and received the email. The email “from address” did in fact state the secondary email even though it was responded to using the primary account.

      So no – it did not default to the turnplrtocash account. The reply was sent as if it had been mailed from the bonniegean2012 secondary.

      My tutorial is as it should be. :)

      All the forwards can be done at once, Minna. If you have 20 G-mail accounts, add all 20 email addresses (and send the confirmations) at the same time. However, even if you did it in this fashion, you would still need to log in 20 times to verify the forwards for each of those 20 accounts.

      If you used the add account function, naturally you would remain opened in the browser window for that primary account; though, you would still need to approve 20 confirmations on the other accounts.

      I certainly didn’t want to do more than 1 for the instructions. LOL

    • Ok, even I’m getting a headache just thinking about it! ROFL

      Thanks for stopping by. Good to see you again!

  12. You don’t have to log out of one gmail account to log into another one. I have three accounts open right now. You just click on the little down arrow beside your photo in the upper right hand corner.

    Then, I click on Add Account in the lower left hand corner. That brings up another Google mail sign-in page. Put your info in there and boom, you have another account open.

    Now, it does slow the machine down to have so many browser tabs open at once, so I can then close any window I don’t need anymore.

    Great tutorial. You do explains things so clearly. I didn’t watch the video, I read.
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    • Ah, but there’s the magic explanation – you need to Add Account in order to have multiple G-mail accounts open in the same browser. If you have 20 G-mail accounts (and I know some people who do), why would you want to swap between 20 browser windows?

      I know I wouldn’t. Plus, this means 20 instances of your browser are loaded into your PC task manager, too. If you have limited memory, this will definitely slow down the computer. :(

  13. You’re on a roll, Bonnie :) I’m logged into 3-4 google accounts at a time when I am working with clients. I use different browsers for each so I’m not logging in and out.
    But Google is pretty nifty too, you can access multiple accounts for several services right in the same browser – gmail is one of them
    Another tutorial coming up? I have no mic, Muppet pup ate my headset :(
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  14. This saves my bucket (you beat me to the post…grin). By the way, if you happen to like screen shots with instructions, you might want to check out ScreenSteps.
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    • I love instructions with screenshots and I have taken your advice and downloaded (and installed) ScreenSteps. They offer a 2 week trial period. If I like it, I just might buy it.

      Thanks MRK!

      • I’ve been doing that kind of instructions (not the video/screencasting that is currently popular!) for 30 years. This tool is the slickest thing I’ve found for creating a series of them. Glad to hear you’re checking it out. I created a Gravatar instruction booklet (even tho’ Gravatar is pretty simple, I wrote instructions for several tasks) and it was neat. The native formatting isn’t my favorite, of course I’m pickeeeeeee. And it does a great job of turning the instructions into a blog post and it was designed for online instructions that grow and are updated.

        Have fun! If you have questions, let me know. Still learning my way through it and it’s sister product (clarify-it).
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        • One of the things I didn’t like about the program is how it exports to Word. it places the instructions after the graphic, whereas I believe they are better before the graphic. It just makes more sense.

          So even though I exported to Word, I still had to sit here and fiddle with changing the text around.

          Plus, I’m not too fond of their formatting or colors. It could be due to my using the trial for 14 days, but I doubt it.

          I did make this tutorial with it, but as I said, I had to copy and paste the instructions to place them before the graphic rather than after. Not sure if that saved me much time. :)

  15. Hello Bonnie,

    I’m Alex and joined to Tiff’s challenge recently. I read your posts there, and that encouraged me to ask you something.

    If you visit my site, you can perceive an author’s resource box beneath every post. But I don’t like the automatically generated text and want to change them.

    I’m curious, is there a way to do that? If yes, then how?

    Anyway, I’d like to thank you for your post about making gravatar picture and due to your tutorial, I could manage that. :)

    I appreciate your trouble in advance.

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  16. Awesome! Thanks Bonnie – I would have never had the patience to figure all that out on my own…

    Your tutorials are very easy to follow along with and go at a nice even pace.


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  17. Bonnie – I like the photo image on your video. Can you tell me how to do that – with the white photo frame thing.

    OK – so I have had done the forwarding of my gmail emails to my hotmail account. Can I then respond to these emails from my hotmail account?
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    • You can easily do the white frame thing using PowerPoint or the equivalent program with Open Office.

      If you forwarded the G-mail accounts to your hotmail account, there should be no reason why you couldn’t respond using your hotmail account. I’m not certain though, if you can answer using the original name attached to the G-mail account. I don’t use Hotmail at all, so I have no knowledge how it works.

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