A poster on macOSXHints points out a smart use for the “tokenised” email addresses that Mail.app places in its To: and Cc: fields.
Coincidently, I stumbled across another unexpected use for this at work today.
The macOSXHints poster explains how to quickly enter email addresses in to a web form by first entering the name into a new Mail.app message. Mail auto-completes the names, providing those nice aqua tokens.
These can be be selected and dragged over to the web form, where they transform into a comma-separated list of email addresses. Clever.
But there’s more. Today at work I had to suggest the creation of a new internal mailing list. Rather than type all the email addresses out, I tried the same trick.
I entered the names in the To: field of the message, let Mail auto-complete them, then selected them all and dragged them into the body of the email. Voila! — a nice, comma-separated list of email addresses appeared:
This is not a high-use tip. I’ve been using a Mac for four years now, and this is the first time I was moved to try it. Still, it’s nice to know that it is there, waiting for me to discover all over again when I need to do this in 2011.
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