Fixing an annoying habit in Mac OSX Mail

While Macs may be more stable and be simpler and faster, they are not without their occasional flaw. One such flaw is the habit MacOS Mail has of pasting the entire email address into a field when you are performing a copy-paste action.

Fortunately, the solution is very simple. Here’s what to do.

  1. Quit Mail
  2. Launch Terminal. (It is in your Applications folder, or you can press Command-Spacebar and type “Terminal” to launch it.
  3. Once Terminal is running, enter the following command and press enter. 

    defaults write com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false

  4. Quit Terminal
  5. Re-launch Mail.

That’s it! You should now be up and running. Test out the copy-paste feature and it should work without adding in the person’s name before their email address anymore.

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