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Address Books

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Finding E-mail Addresses

If you set up an LDAP server correctly during the setup process for Mail, then when you begin typing in an address in the To: field, Mail should automatically search for matching addresses and offer a list of suggestions.

Personal Address Books

OS X comes with an application called Address Book which is intended to be integrated with various other OS X applications. Mail does not have its own address book, but instead borrows the names from this application.

Creating Your Address Book

  1. You can import a pre-existing address book by using File > Import in Address Book.
  2. Alternatively, you can add individual contact cards. To do this, go to the File menu and select New Card.
  3. On the right side of the Address Book window, you can fill in various information fields. The information is saved as you type.

Using Your Address Book

  1. Compose a new message in Mail
  2. Select the Address button.
  3. A window will appear with your addresses. Double-click on a name to add that person as a recipient.

Mailing Lists

Address Book allows you to create a group for sending email to a bunch of people (also known as mailing lists).

  1. In Address Book, choose View > Card and Columns.
  2. Choose File > New Group and enter a name for the new group in the Group column. You can also click the Add (+) button at the bottom of the Group column.
  3. To add a person to the group, drag the person's name from the Name column to the group name.
  4. To remove a person, select the person's name and choose Edit > Remove From Group. You can choose to remove the person from the group or remove the person from Address Book.
You can also create a group by selecting multiple contacts, then choosing File > New Group From Selection.