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I have an email address with my college. I rarely get emails there, but they are important so I need to respond when they come. The college's email system doesn't offer IMAP or POP, but it does allow me to forward the emails. I forward them to my gmail account which is IMAP'ed into my Outlook.

When I reply to the emails, I want the replies to come from my college email address, which means I have to go to the college's email website to compose and send the replies. The problem is that when I read them in Outlook, half the time I forget and reply from Outlook, which means my reply comes from my gmail address instead of the account the email was sent to.

How can I disable/prevent the ability to reply to those emails from Outlook?

Update: Someone below suggested that I change the "From" and "Reply To" address on the emails instead of blocking replies/forwards from being sent. This would be great if it could be automated, because otherwise I'd still have the same problem.

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I suggest that you don't. Instead, configure Outlook to stick in the college address in the "From" and "Reply-To" headers.

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That sounds like a great solution. How would I do that? –  CChriss Dec 1 '10 at 14:17
I've looked into this and if it couldn't be done automatically then I'd still have the same problem. I need an automatic solution... –  CChriss Dec 1 '10 at 16:17
You can just change the "e-mail address" option in your account settings. Your "e-mail address" will be the university e-mail address, but your IMAP username and server will be g-mail. –  Ben Voigt Dec 2 '10 at 4:15
Then I would need a dedicated address because the setting you're talking about would affect all emails in that account, if I understand you. –  CChriss Dec 5 '10 at 2:55
It isn't clear from your question that you wanted to prevent reply only to a subset of incoming emails. It sounded as if you wanted replies to any gmail message to appear to come from the college account. I think changing the reply address could be automated, but you'd need to write some VB-for-Applications code to do it. And you'd have to be very specific on the rule for determining which emails are affected. –  Ben Voigt Dec 5 '10 at 4:18

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