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Set keyboard shortcuts in Mail for outgoing e-mail accounts Apps
As I was sending an e-mail today, I wondered if there were any easy way to choose my outgoing account in Mail. Like many people, I have several accounts, and need to choose specific ones for messages I send to certain clients. So I wondered -- since you can apply keyboard shortcuts to menu items using the Keyboard Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane -- maybe that would work for this drop-down menu in Mail.

So I went to that preference pane, clicked the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, and clicked the + button to get the new keyboard shortcut dialog. I chose Mail as the application, then entered the exact information that displays for one of my accounts (in the Mail 'From' drop-down menu). The format of each menu item is:
First_name Last_name <my_email@my_host>
Make sure to include the angle brackets, and put a space before the first one. Choose a shortcut -- I chose Command-Option-Control and a letter for each account -- then click Add. As you can see from Rob's screenshot, it works as expected.

Go to Mail and press Command-N to create a new message. Now, just press your keyboard shortcut, and you'll see the outgoing account changes to the one you've chosen. If you have several accounts, do this for all of them (or the ones you use most often). This doesn't save a lot of time, but it means I can use the keyboard instead of the mouse to make that change.

[robg adds: You can also add shortcuts for the outbound server and Signature drop-down menus. I guess this is to be expected, but I'm always impressed when keyboard shortcuts function on drop-down menus without having to first activate those menus.]
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Set keyboard shortcuts in Mail for outgoing e-mail accounts
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 21, '08 08:43:44AM
I'm surprised that it works without even selecting the menu, considering that that doesn't even work for contextual submenus

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Set keyboard shortcuts in Mail for outgoing e-mail accounts
Authored by: MacTipper on Nov 21, '08 10:25:23AM

This is totally awesome! This has always bugged me.

I have two out-going email accounts. However, they have different user names, so I can just Tab over to the sending account menu and type in "ol" for one and "ma" for the other. Then I have to wait a little while for it to work. So, this will be really helpful.

Thanks!



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Set keyboard shortcuts in Mail for outgoing e-mail accounts
Authored by: Serj on Nov 23, '08 10:10:25AM

Nice hint ! Thanks !



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Set keyboard shortcuts in Mail for outgoing e-mail accounts
Authored by: matters on Aug 08, '11 02:41:58PM

This doesn't seem to work anymore in Lion.

Either that, or it worked, but if you have to recreate the shortcuts, it doesn't work.

It adds a > before the name automatically for me (after closing the Keyboard prefpane), which seems to break the shortcut.

I was so used to this too... used it for years...



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LION? Set keyboard shortcuts in Mail for outgoing e-mail accounts
Authored by: TF on Sep 26, '11 10:58:02AM

Has anyone been able to get this to work on 10.7 Lion yet? I am sooooo missing this trick. Really hate using my mouse or tabbing all the time. Fix? TIA



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LION? Set keyboard shortcuts in Mail for outgoing e-mail accounts
Authored by: glgray on Oct 09, '11 01:10:35PM

It stopped working for me under Lion too and I can't get it going again. For some reason, Lion inserts a right angle bracket before each entry.

https://skitch.com/glgray/f9pcj/keyboard

If I remove them and close the Keyboard pref pane, the shortcuts don't appear in new Mail messages. When I go back to the Keyboard pref pane, the angle brackets are back.



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Set keyboard shortcuts in Mail for outgoing e-mail accounts
Authored by: Inspired on Jul 24, '12 05:45:35PM

I would also like to figure out a way to implement this in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion (once it's officially roaming around).

Has anyone figured it out?

Otherwise, thanks for sharing the neat tip... just disappointed I can't train my unruly Lion to do this trick.

BTW... CMD-N creates a new note in Mail. Looking for a way to change that was what brought me here. I did find an answer to that, so all's well.

Edited on Jul 24, '12 05:47:18PM by Inspired



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Set keyboard shortcuts in Mail for outgoing e-mail accounts
Authored by: kirkmc on Jul 25, '12 02:18:18AM

Yes, it does work in Mountain Lion. There will be a hint posted later today about it. In fact, it was your comment that prompted me to check and see if it works. So thanks!

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