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10.4: Auto-complete names in Mail via initials Apps
Tiger only hintApple's Mail doesn't just autocomplete addresses typed into the "To" field, it also recognises partial names and even initials.

If you have many friends named "Alexander," it can be a pain typing the whole first name just to get to the differentiator -- the last name. It turns out that not only could you type alex a or alex b , but you can type a a and a b to find the first Address book entry that starts with those initials.

I haven't yet confirmed if previous versions of Mail do this, but I suspect it's a Tiger thing, because it seems to go on to find all contacts who have those characters in the respective names (i.e. typing n m will find all contacts with an "n" in the first name and "m" in the second).
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10.4: Auto-complete names in Mail via initials
Authored by: filmsmith on May 17, '05 12:01:45PM

Works for me running 10.3.9.

Pretty groovy hint, too. Guess this means you can pull the 10.4 tag!


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Don't forget the space
Authored by: pheed on May 17, '05 04:24:40PM

It should be noted that you need to type a space between first and last initials. For example, my father's name is Tom Phillips. When I typed tp Mail found no results. When I typed t p only then did it find the address.

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And if you are feeling dyslexic...
Authored by: hombre on Jun 04, '05 11:29:01PM

... you can type in the initials backwards and get the same results.

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