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Add contacts with names to Mail's recipient list Apps
You probably already know that Mail stores the name and email address of people who have sent you messages as read from the header content. What I didn't realize is that this also works in reverse.

I hadn't an opportunity to try it out until now, after loading a fresh copy of Tiger on my system. As I went to send a message, I realized that (of course...) my list of contacts was gone. Rather than typing in the email address, however, I ramdomly decided to type in my contact's full name and then the email address, much like Mail does when you start to type the name of someone you've already been in contact with, like this:
Jane Smith <jsmith@somesite.com>
When you do this, Mail will actually send the message to the proper address and add the contact's name to its own little database (Window » Previous Recipients). This is great for me, because I can add these contacts to Mail for easy retrieval later without using Address Book, which I find somewhat over-featured in certain areas, and too simple in others.

[robg adds: And, of course, you can then use the Previous Recipients window to easily add any of these contacts to your official Address Book.]
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Add contacts with names to Mail's recipient list
Authored by: starwxrwx on Mar 26, '07 11:31:27PM

So Mail saves the recipient of your email to the "Previous Recipients" list? Amazing!



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Add contacts with names to Mail's recipient list
Authored by: joh on Mar 27, '07 03:02:20AM

Man, I hate that application...

I looked at the Previous Recipients window and realized it contained thousands of addresses, most of which I never sent mail to. Obviously Mail.app had just saved every address I ever *got* mail from, including the spam. So I started to delete the obvious spammy ones. After a hundred or so Mail showed me the Spinning Pizza of Death. When I finally ran out of patience a few minutes later I force quit it. After restarting it, it still did nothing than spinning and eating 80% CPU. Great. I tried to launch Activity Monitor, but Quicksilver was dead, too. Tried to log out. I had to force quit several applications, among them iCal, before I could log out.

After logging in again Mail starts up, finally. The Previous Recipients list is empty now...



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Add contacts with names to Mail's recipient list
Authored by: mahakali on Mar 30, '07 12:24:50AM

When you unjunk a message Mail will add the sender's address to your previous list.



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Add contacts with names to Mail's recipient list
Authored by: periche on Mar 27, '07 08:42:38AM

To my surprise the "Add to Address Book" feature has a lot to be desired. If you already have a contact named "John Doe" without his email address but with phone numbers, you'll see that in the previous recipients list he will not have the address book icon to the left of its email address. When you click the "Add to Address Book" button, it will create a whole new contact named "John Doe" with this email address instead of just adding the email address to the already existing "John Doe" contact. You now have 2 John Does in your address book. Of course you can use the "Look for duplicate entries..." feature of Address Book but I think that it could have been smarter about this to begin with.



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Add contacts with names to Mail's recipient list
Authored by: schneidr on Mar 27, '07 12:10:42PM

Don't overlook the 'Merge Selected Cards' under the Card menu of Address Book



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