Mail: Choosing the "From" address

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by desertman, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. desertman macrumors 6502a

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    Hello Forum,

    Is there any way (or tool) to choose the "From" address in new emails with the keyboard instead of having to use the mouse? This step - choosing the "From" address - is the only part when writing a new email that needs a mouse, and I would very much prefer if I could do this completely just with the keyboard.

    Greetings - desertman
     
  2. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

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    Type, "From:" then your search text.

    Also applies to,

    Subject:
    To:
    Any:

    Edit: I read your post wrong I think. If you mean selecting another email address in the drop down box just use the arrow keys.
     
  3. desertman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, thanks. Not very elegant but possible. It needs these steps after typing in the "To" address before reaching to the text field of a newly started email:

    Tab
    Tab
    Tab
    Tab
    Tab
    Arrow Keys (for choosing the "From" address)
    Enter
    Tab
    Tab

    Especially that inbetween the Enter key is necessary makes this a little cumbersome.
     
  4. logana macrumors 65816

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    Maybe that is why everybody else uses a mouse........
     
  5. rhoydotp macrumors 6502

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    touché :D
     
  6. desertman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Probably correct. Not many people are interested in efficiency when working on a computer. It gives me often the creeps when I see other professionals from my own field (graphic design, mainly with Indesign) fiddling around on the screen.
     
  7. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

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    OSX has always been far too mouse-happy. For me using a MacBook, it isn't so bad taking your fingers just a few inches to the trackpad. But those with iMacs and such must get exhausted constantly reaching for their mouse. :(

    On many dialogs and screens I find it takes less time to cycle through all the controls by going "backwards" (Shift-Tab) until I get where I need to be. Unfortunately, Mail doesn't allow this.
     

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