“My husband has three email addresses. I almost always want to send to his Mac.com address and, for years, thatâ€™s what Mail automatically used when I typed his name. But when I upgraded to Mavericks (at least thatâ€™s what appears to have been the trigger), Mail decided that I really wanted to send to his Yahoo address. So every time I add him to an email, I have to manually change the auto-filled address to his Mac.com address. Is there a way to force Mail to always use the same address?”
I sympathise. With Mavericksâ€™ Mail, auto-fill will choose the first alphabetical address, regardless of the order it appears in a contactâ€™s card. For example, in the case ofÂ email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, andÂ email@example.com, bubba1 will be auto-fillâ€™s choice. So letâ€™s take it out of auto-fillâ€™s hands and tell Contacts and Mail exactly what weâ€™d like to have happen.
Launch the Contacts app, select your husbandâ€™s name in your list of contacts, and chooseÂ File > New Group From Selection. This will create a new untitled group with a highlighted name. Rename that group something like ‘hubby’.
Now chooseÂ Edit > Edit Distribution ListÂ and in the sheet that appears select your ‘hubby’ group. Youâ€™ll see your husbandâ€™s name along with the email addresses that appear on his contact card. Select his Mac.com address so that it turns black and click OK. What youâ€™ve essentially told Contacts is that within this group (of one) the Mac.com address is the default.
Return to Mail, create a new message, and in the To field enter ‘hubby’. When you press the Return key, that address should change to his name and use his Mac.com address. At a later time, should you wish to send to a different email address, enter his name rather than ‘hubby’ and then choose the address you wish to send to from the auto-fill list that appears.
by Christopher Breen