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Right-clicking an address in Mail

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Rocky Rakoon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 17, 2011 10:39 AM

Using Apple Mail, I can copy an email address but right-clicking in the To box of a new message does not give me the context menu with the option to paste.  Command-V works but I'd prefer to do this with the mouse.  The context menu shows in other programs, like Word, and I can use it to paste there, but not in Mail.  I can't find a switch that would turn this ability on or off, and the mouse properties are set to standard for a secondary click for the right mouse button.  Any ideas?

 

Rocket Rakoon

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Jul 17, 2011 12:49 PM (in response to Rocky Rakoon)

    Don't know how to make it behave the way you'd like (tried, but couldn't find a way).

     

    However, there is an easier way than using copy/paste.

     

    * Open a new message; the "To:" box should already be highlighted.

     

    * Click the Address icon in the toolbar - an abbreviated form of the Address book will open.

     

    • Locate the email address you want in the list on the right, then double-click it. That address will be placed into the "To:" box in the new message window.

     

    • It appears as a button-type insert rather than plain text, but works anyway. If you hover the cursor over that entry, a small reveal triangle will appear at its right end - click that, and a contextual menu of actions available re that address will appear.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Jul 18, 2011 1:28 AM (in response to Rocky Rakoon)

    Okay.

     

    Since you've got the email address already on the Clipboard, why not just click in the To box to make it active (unless it's a brand new message, in which case the To box is made active when the new message window first opens) and then choose Paste from the Edit menu? That's all mouse action, although it does mean travel to the main menubar.

     

    Just found a different way, staying in the new message window. Contextual menus work in the message body are of that window, just not in the To box for some reason.

     

    Assuming the address is already on the Clipboard, right-click in the message body area of the window; the contextual menu that opens includes Paste - select that. Then highlight the just-pasted address to select it and drag it up into the To box.

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,455 points)
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    Jul 18, 2011 7:15 AM (in response to Rocky Rakoon)

    Don is correct -- you don't need the contextual menu with option to paste.  Simply either click on Edit/Paste, of as I would more often do, Command/V.

     

    Furthermore, with a new message the To is already active, so can immediately Paste.

     

    Ernie

  • Thebestplacehere Level 3 Level 3 (700 points)
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    Jul 18, 2011 7:22 AM (in response to Rocky Rakoon)

    I don't know if that help but may you looking for a feature that doesn't exist.I mean when i click new message the window appear and i can use cmd v or edit paste to paste something but if i right click in To or Cc and nothing happen like you say but right click in subject and the context menu is there.So maybe is how it works or maybe is something that you can choose in mail preferences or system preferences but i don't think so.What about others?Did you get the context menu by right clicking in mail app in To or Cc?

    Thank you,hope that really help.

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,455 points)
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    Jul 18, 2011 7:28 AM (in response to Thebestplacehere)

    None of the address fields will present a contextual menu with a Right-click, but are simply activated, and are in readiness for Command V.

     

    Ernie

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:29 PM (in response to Rocky Rakoon)

    One other option not yet mentioned. Long-term, minor cost - get a multi-button mouse.

     

    I started that habit back in OS 9 days - used an MS Intellimouse Explorer mouse. It had 5 buttons and a working scroll wheel. In conjunction with USBOverDrive, it allowed using different preset action sets for the buttons for different programs, with the set switching on the fly when switching programs.

     

    For graphics and WP work, I had buttons preset to Copy, Paste, and Save. For games the presets matched game action/choice needs. Worked very well.

  • craigsipad2 Calculating status...
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    Mar 14, 2012 7:23 PM (in response to Rocky Rakoon)

    Hi, I have been racking my brain on this basic command I have used often and for years ever since I bought my first mac, this 2011 Air. I have just about reached a point where I am ready to go back to PC. 9 months of silly work arounds are getting to me! Sorry fellas I know you love these things... I cannot understand why these issues are not addressed. Does anyone here know how to attach as just a file attachment and not a photo landing within the body of the email and blowing apart my text? Or is that a PC only thing too???

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Mar 14, 2012 10:09 PM (in response to craigsipad2)

    Right-click (or Control-click) the image in the New Message window and select "View as Icon".

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