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How to reorder Mail account personal email addresses?

SmoothJazz2014

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Oct 15, 2014
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Where does Mac Mail store its list of account emails (not the incoming, previous, etc., but the ones that you can enter via preferences for your own email addresses).

I'd like to rearrange the list so that my most used ones are at the top (to decrease "scrolling & squinting," as I call it), and the "Edit Email Addresses" optionin the Mail > Preferences > Accounts > Email Address popup doesn't allow reordering or sorting, only adding or removing, and "Adding" always sticks them at the bottom of the list.

I'd prefer not to manually remove and re-add them all in my preferred order, as I have a lot of them, owning or controlling about 20 wildcard-capable domains, and having been on "The Internet" since before it WAS "The Internet" [back when we had to "Bang-Path" emails to get them to their destination. Certainly before Al Gore invented "The Internet" :) ]

I've looked in the ~Library/Mail and ~Library/Application Support/Mail folders and don't see anything that looks remotely like it could be what I am looking for, and Search / Spotlight are almost always useless pieces of crapola, but especially in any of the system's folders. I'm ass/u/ming it's a plist somewhere, or some other recognizable format, but I can't find it.

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BTW, I have found this:
~/Library/Mail⁩ ⁨V2⁩/⁨MailData⁩/Accounts.plist, which DOES have a list (array) of each email address for each account, but it's old, and the modified date on the file is over 3½ years old.

There is a corresponding ~/Library/Mail⁩ ⁨V6/⁨MailData⁩/ that has more recent stuff in it (some stuff modified today, in fact), but no Accounts.plist file

Totally stumped.
 
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sgtaylor5

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Aug 6, 2017
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Cheney, WA, USA
There’s a discovery arrow at the left of each major category “Inbox - Sent - Trash, etc”. Click to open the category to see your accounts. Drag and drop the email accounts into the right order.
 
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SmoothJazz2014

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 15, 2014
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I think I've found what I am looking for, but it is an .sqlite file (I had to do a full disk content search with Find Any File):

‎⁨~/⁨Library⁩/Accounts⁩/Accounts4.sqlite

However, attempting to access with Lift Lite, a SqLite editor,, it it does not recognize my user password, nor the root password to access the file.
 
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