Sending emails to all the addresses a contact has

Christopher Breen
21 March, 2013
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Reader Matthew Rotter asks a common question about Apple’s Mail. He writes:

Can you send an email to multiple email addresses listed under a single contact’s name?

Pardon me if I assume that what you really mean is whether it’s possible to easily add to an email messages multiple address from a single contact. And the answer is, not really. Regardless of the solution you settle on, it requires a bit of futzing. Now, let’s go over those solutions.

The first is that for those contacts for whom you routinely use multiple email addresses, create a new contact card for that individual and in the first email address field, enter multiple addresses separated by commas –,,, for instance. Add this contact to a message’s To field and the message will be sent to all three addresses. (You’re welcome to edit an existing contacting rather than creating a new one if you like.)

Next, you can create separate contacts for each address– Joe at Home, Joe at Work, and Joe at Play, for example – and add those contacts to a group called All Joe All The Time. Send a message to that group and Joe will get it wherever he may be.

Or if this is the kind of thing you very rarely do, create a new email message, choose Window > Address Panel, and in the resulting Addresses window, search for your contact. All of the email addresses associated with that contact will appear. Individually double-click the addresses you’d like to send the message to and they will appear in the To field.

Other suggestions? Feel free to add them in this story’s comments.


By Christopher Breen. Macworld

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