Changing Mail’s Copy Address Behaviour 4


Changing Mail’s Copy Address Behaviour


This is a quick post about Mail. If you have ever copied an email address from any address field you will realise that if comes in the format of Name <email>. Although these two parts are quite useful in certain situations, it may be more useful to change the format so you just get the email address. This way you can copy and paste it anywhere without the need to do any special formatting.

To change Mail’s copy format, open up Terminal and copy and paste the following.

defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool NO

Restart Mail, and test to see if the command worked. Simply copy any address. Instead of being the name and email, only the email address will be present. I find this far more useful, especially when I need the address in certain situations.

To revert the process copy and paste the following into to Terminal.

defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool YES

Restart Mail again, and the format should be back to normal.

A simple tip, however I think it is very useful. If you have anything similar please leave a comment below.

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