Snow Leopard Mail Quirk: Copy/Pasting Addresses

by Klaus on September 14, 2009

in Apple, Operating Systems

Apple Mac Mail, iconApple’s mail program so cleverly named “Mail”, didn’t really add anything new and useful to me when I updated from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to 10.6 Snow Leopard. Sure, 64 bit is cool and might have made the application a bit snappier, but Exchange support which is the shiny new thing in Mail, is not something I use.

Apple did take something away from me though.

When you right click on a name/address to copy the e-mail address, with Leopard Mail you would have got exactly that; the e-mail address.

With Snow Leopard, what you end up with, in the clipboard, is: “Firstname Lastname <[email protected]>”.

I do a lot of copy/pasting with e-mail addresses from e-mail due to my work, when I have to look up user accounts based on their e-mail address, now I have to manually go around and removing their name as well as the < and >, before I can paste the e-mail address into my workflow.


It’s annoying they changed this. I’m sure most people are happy with this new change, but I’m not, so CMD+Z  it please, Apple 😉   (Oh, and if you’re developing Snow Leopard on Windows, then it’s CTRL+Z to undo).

Does anyone know of a workaround for this, perhaps some fancy terminal command?

UPDATE, September 17th: A solution to this problem has been found: Fixed: Copy/Pasting E-mail Address In Snow Leopard Mail.

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Benjamin Cip September 15, 2009 at 01:57

Oh I know how you feel about it. I also upgrade mac osx to leopard snow, and it’s quite frustratting and time consuming. Wish Apple will fix that ongoing problem with future upgrade!
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Klaus @ TechPatio September 15, 2009 at 09:02

You also noticed how Snow Leopard Mail does not copy only the e-mail address, but also the name? I hate it!


Benjamin Cip September 15, 2009 at 11:25

I hate it as well. It’s like when I receive email in my hostgator panel. I always reply to my emails without removing the Firstname Lastname before the so I get a delivery failure mail and have to rewrite send the email again… etc.. that’s kinda unconvenient!
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Klaus @ TechPatio September 15, 2009 at 11:29

I already sent in feedback about it, you should invest 30 seconds and do the same, we can always hope that they will listen if enough people “complain” 🙂


Klaus @ TechPatio September 17, 2009 at 17:38
Kevin C October 3, 2009 at 07:39


Thank you!!! This was driving me nuts. I’m so glad I found this quick fix. Thank you, thank you!



Klaus @ TechPatio October 3, 2009 at 18:56

I’m glad I was able to help you 🙂
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Tsvetan | Windows 7 How To November 24, 2009 at 21:15

That will solve lots of headache when using my MacBook. Thanks Klaus 🙂 I think I am starting to like your blog alot.


Сергей August 25, 2010 at 14:00

Полезно расписали + 1
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Авто December 19, 2010 at 10:33

Блин, перевод бы 🙁


Klaus December 19, 2010 at 12:11

Yes if you’re reading the Russian version of this post, then it’s a automated translation, so I suggest switching to English if you can read English 🙂
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