"Make Default" address in Address Book 4.0?

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  1. Nuc macrumors 6502a

    Nuc

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    I have a question about setting the default addresses for people. In entourage you could set which email address was the primary address (Make Default) for each contact if you had multiple email addresses. Is address book capable of doing this? I've tried everything and I can't seem to get it to work.

    It drives me nuts that I have made a large group and the email address is not being sent to an address I would have otherwise set as a default. I don't feel like going to each email address from the drop down menu in Mail.app and changing it to the one I want.

    Thanks!

    Nuc
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Click your card, then go to the Card menu -> Make This My Card.
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    That's not what he means :) I don't think there is a way of doing what the OP wants. I think he wants to be able to say which email address on a per-contact basis is default (i.e. you have a work and a home address for each contact and you want it to default to work for some and home for others).

    I could be wrong but it may be as simple as which one is first?
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Aah... I see... now... Need coffee... much coffee... :eek: :eek:

    Lets see if this answer doesn't cover the question better: I would think you'd need to edit the order the fields on Card menu -> Add Field -> Edit Template... (or Address Book -> Preferences... -> Template) as the top field is default (as far as I've understood it), BUT, Mail also has a tendency to remember the last address you used for someone ** (but of course not always) so this will not be consistent... :( ...and I have a sneaking suspicion that Mail only presents different addresses in alphabetic order *** (when not found in the Previous Recipients), not the order you've put them in. Either way, no good for what the OP is trying to do... :(

    ** Edit: After a bit more snooping, my initial suspicion was correct: It seems mail presents the addresses as they appear in Previous Recipients sorted on date (but with those in Address Book first, and those not at the bottom of the list - some people I know have way too many email addresses ;)).

    *** Edit: Again my suspicion was not too, far off, it seems that if nothing is found in Previous Recipients it presents the alternatives from Address Book, alphabetically, BUT not on the address field, but the name of the address field... :rolleyes:

    So, one solution to the OP: Make an e-mail category called aardvark (or something else that's first in the alphabet) then clear the (Window ->) Previous Recipients, and the next time you send an email to that group it will pick the aardvark address (I think)... ;)
     
  5. Nuc thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nuc

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    Well that's crazy.

    You would think apple would make this possible without having to do all of this mess. Hopefully in the future they will change this.... Seriously Entourage has this and probably every other email app.

    Nuc
     

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