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Pick mail addresses to use with groups in Address Book Apps
I use a lot of Groups in Address Book and sometimes a Group member's contact info has more than one e-mail address listed in AB. It annoyed me that sending e-mail to a Group often resulted in the 'wrong' address being used, i.e. the contact's private one instead of work.

It turns out that you can choose which address you wish to be used for Group contacts by right-clicking on the Group in Address Book and selecting 'Edit Distribution List.'

You'll get a listing view where you can set the default information for each of the recipients.

Maybe not the greatest hint ever, but hopefully useful for someone.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. This previous hint took the approach of creating different Groups for the various e-mail address types if you want to distinguish them. It depends on how you use Groups.]
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Pick mail addresses to use with groups in Address Book
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 15, '11 11:42:00AM

In MacOS 10.4 Address Book right click does not have 'Edit Distribution List'. But is available in the 'Edit' menu.


When selected from the Edit menu, Edit Distribution List has a sidebar with all the groups listed.



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Pick mail addresses to use with groups in Address Book
Authored by: robleach on Mar 15, '11 12:10:15PM

This is awesome! I had no idea you could do this! This will save me lots of trouble with emails from people annoyed that I used the wrong email address for them on my email lists! Thank You for taking the time to figure this out!

Rob



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Pick mail addresses to use with groups in Address Book
Authored by: cleanhead on Mar 15, '11 12:28:12PM
See the comment attached to this hint from 2007.

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Pick mail addresses to use with groups in Address Book
Authored by: sphexx on Mar 15, '11 12:43:42PM

For mailing to lists, I use this to send a copy of an email to each of a contact's two or more addresses when sending to group -- some folk like a copy to their work and home addresses. Create a new group containing all those needing two copies and then edit the new group so that the preferred address is different from that in the main group.



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Pick mail addresses to use with groups in Address Book
Authored by: marook on Mar 16, '11 12:00:36AM

Menu: Edit: Edit Distribution List...

It's been there almost since AB 1.0

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/Marook



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Beware of using edited distribution lists with Smart Groups!
Authored by: robleach on Mar 18, '11 07:37:25AM

Wow, this is screwed up! Editing the distribution list for a smart group in address book did not actually change the email address selection behavior for me. When I sent an email to my distribution list, I received the same complaints about sending to the wrong email addresses that I've always gotten. I checked my sent mail and indeed, the wrong address had been sent to and when I looked in address book, the right one was bolded! So I started experimenting by starting the email different ways - same result - wrong addresses selected. So then, suspecting the smart group was the culprit, I decided to make a static group, but I noticed all my static groups were GONE! I decided I'd recover them later and went ahead and made a temporary static group, dragged all of my smart group in, edited the distribution list, and composed an email. All the correct email addresses were selected this time! Can anyone else get an edited distribution list to work correctly with smart groups? I'm running 10.6.6.

Rob



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