October 17th, 2009 • 2:56 pm
Two weeks ago, I reported that, in Snow Leopard, the “From:” field, including the name and other superfluous information.” command in the contextual menu when you right-click on an e-mail address in a message header in Mail now copies the entire “
Then I reported that I got an e-mail response from Apple to my bug report confirming, much to my disappointment, that the new behaviour was intentional and not to be fixed.
Since it’s a hidden preference, it’s only accessible via the Terminal, but it’s just a single line of code:
defaults write com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool NO
Voilà! It sort of confirms that at least some people at Apple are not entirely sure that the new behaviour is such a good idea, regardless of what the Bug Reporter staff says.
Of course, there is no guarantee that future versions of Mail will continue to support this hidden setting, but for now, Snow Leopard users like me can breathe a sigh of relief and once again enjoy the use of the “” command as a command for copying the e-mail address only, which makes much more sense when managing e-mail addresses in Address Book.
So thanks to Mac Daddy World and to Sven-S. Porst!