Email/Address book problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DJDylz, May 4, 2011.

  1. DJDylz macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2011

    New Mac user (os x 10.6). The transition from pc to mac has been interesting. Sometimes limiting but I am getting there.

    One thing I haven't found in the forums and dont really know what to type into google to search for is....

    With mac mail, if i try and add an email to the TO:, CC:, BCC: instead of just typing the name of the person in the address book. I have to type the email address. Once I type the first few letters of the email address, it has a drop down with options to choose from.

    For example.

    If I had a friend called Joe Smith and his email was something completely random like, I can't just type Joe and the address book will drop down options for Joe. I have to remember his random email address and type CAR and then it will give me all the emails that have car in it.

    Can this be changed so I type their names?
  2. phpmaven, May 4, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: May 5, 2011

    phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    You need to add Joe Smith to your address book and then you will be able to pull him up by name. What it's doing now is pulling up previously used email addresses. You can right click on the email address in the "To:" field and add to address book.
  3. DJDylz thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2011
    that was my first test that I did because I successfully imported my outlook contacts from pc to mac address book.

    After that mail didn't recognize the names but it did the email addresses.

    So I added a name to the address book via right clicking the email address in the email sent to me and also by manually adding one in address book. Both still only find the contact via email address prediction.
  4. FOX160 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2011
    One thing i found strange was that for example. Is that if I email my Mum
    and her name is Wendy. Now if I put in Wendy and add the email to
    sender it wont send.
    But I have to type in Mum has I have that in my address book and then
    attach to sender the email will send.

    Dont know if your doing that for example.
  5. DJDylz thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2011
    Sorry but I don't really understand your reply. I think I get what your getting at.

    I will give an example. Joe Smith.

    Just say his email is

    first time i receive an email from him, i right click his email address at the top of the email and go down to add to address book.

    Then I test it by opening a new email, clicking in the TO: section and typing 'Joe'.. It wont find it but if i type 'js' it will find it.

    Next I have tried deleting that contact from the address book and opening address book myself. Adding the contact physically through the address book program. Test it, same thing. Only way I can search a name in an email is to open a new email click the address book icon within that email pane and find the user. Which is just another extra step I should have to do. :(

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