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Why can't I paste an email address

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genefromms Calculating status...
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Feb 20, 2013 6:02 PM

that I've copied using my mouse from another email to the To, CC or BCC fields?  I've found that it works if I use the mouse to copy it but I have to paste it using the keyboard (control v).

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  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 6:43 PM (in response to genefromms)

    I do not understand what you are trying to say:

     

     

     

    why can't i paste an email address... that I've copied using my mouse

    I have no idea how it is possible to Copy an email address using only the mouse. As far as I know, you need to use the Copy command from the Edit menu or a shortcut for it. If you are not using the Copy command, you are not Copying.

     

    Are you perhaps DRAGGING an email address from one field to another using the mouse? That only works for certain fields in certain situations.

     

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    Readers cannot see what you are doing. You will need to describe the simple steps you are taking in great detail, as if you were explaining to a child.

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  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 7:52 PM (in response to genefromms)

    Just drag the address from where you see it into the field you want it in. No Copying is needed.

     

    It is sort of hard to right-click on a trackpad, so most Mac stuff is staying with a single left-click where possible.

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  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 8:18 AM (in response to genefromms)

    Apple has whole departments that enforce the uniformity of User Experience across the way Applications work. So it was puzzling to me at first why these should behave differently from, say Cut and Paste in a Word Processor.

     

    On closer examination, you generally are not selecting and cutting the middle six letters, or pasting with an insertion point into the middle of a field of letters. You are instead manipulating these email Addresses as "objects", and the drag-and-drop metaphor can be used to duplicate and re-use them.

     

    If you were to instead take only the firstname out of an Address (which is difficult, as mail wants to select the email Address as an "object" in its entirety), and paste it into the middle of a different field that is actually text, I think the right-click options should work as you expected.

     

    No offense taken. This forum format does not lend itself to subtlety in expression.

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