Stop Pasting Full Names When Copying an Email Address in Mac OS X Mail

May 3, 2012 - 16 Comments

Apple mail icon Ever noticed that when you copy an email address from OS X Mail app and paste it elsewhere that you get the addressees full name as well as their email address? Try it yourself by right-clicking on someones email address like and copy it, then paste it elsewhere and it will show up as “Someones Name “, which can be fairly annoying if you just want an address.

To resolve this copy/paste annoyance from the Mac Mail app, launch Terminal and paste this line into the command line:

defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false

Then hit Return and you can quit the Terminal.

Relaunch Mail app for changes to take effect, then try to copy and paste an address. Only the email address should go to the clipboard now.

If you want to change this back to the default option, you can simply replace ‘false’ with ‘true’, or use a defaults delete string into the Terminal:

defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool true

Again, relaunch Mail app for changes to take effect.

Thanks to Randy M for the tip

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Mathias says:

    Thank you!
    I had troubles with this for quite a while now ..

  2. Alberto says:

    Wow… cool trick! I was looking for something like this…

  3. anderson says:

    Thank, thank, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Craig says:


  5. Brandi says:

    BIG, GIANT thank you!!!

  6. Elder says:

    I’m going to take this opportunity to ask about a somehow related problem.

    For some reason the Mail app has stopped using all my Gmail contacts for auto-completion when I’m writing a new email. It only uses “My Contacts” but not the ones that Gmail categorizes as “Other Contacts”. The latter are the ones automatically created every time you share a few emails with a new person.

    This used to work but it stopped (maybe it was my fault, I don’t know). Does any one know how can I get this back?

  7. Jasper050 says:

    Sorry not the right topic!

  8. Gary says:

    Brilliant! This has been bugging me for years!

  9. Peter says:

    Thank you, superb tip. been winding me up for so long! Thank you again

  10. Jonathan says:

    Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!

  11. Steve says:

    Does anybody know how to enable this copy email address only fix in Mavericks?

  12. Jason says:

    Is there a terminal command to remove the “see more at OS X Daily” crap? :/

  13. Leyla Hill says:

    This doesn’t seem to work for Yosemite. Any idea how to code for that OS X and stop pasting the name and brackets? I just need the email address to paste, nothing else. Thank you!

  14. Alejandro says:

    Doesn’t work in El Capitan. Suggestions?

  15. Alejandro says:

    Doesn’t work in OS X 10.11.1 “El Capitan”. Suggestions?

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