Is this a bug or a feature???? ❓ 😕 So, basically it doesn’t reeeaaallly matter if I have dots in my userid or not??? Ok. Suppose my mail id really does contain dots, then what happens? (Stupid question???)
Gmail doesn’t recognize dots (.) as characters within a username. This way, you can add and remove dots to your username for desired address variations. messages sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com are delivered to the same inbox, since the characters in the username are the same.
Keep in mind that hyphens (-) and underscores (_) can’t be used in a Gmail address. Also, usernames are case insensitive, so it doesn’t matter if you enter upper case or lower case letters.
If you created your account with a dot in your username and you wish you hadn’t, you can change your ‘Reply-to address.’ To change your reply-to address:
- Click ‘Settings’ at the top of any Gmail page.
- Enter your firstname.lastname@example.org without a dot in the ‘Reply-to address’ field.
- Click ‘Save Changes.’
When you log in to Gmail, you need to enter any dots that were originally defined as part of your username. Note: Google Apps for Your Domain does recognize dots. If you’d like to receive mail with a dot (.) in your username, please ask your domain administrator to add the desired username as a nickname in your user account.