Stop Pasting Full Names When Copying an Email Address in Mac OS X Mail
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 email@example.com and copy it, then paste it elsewhere and it will show up as “Someones Name
To resolve this copy/paste annoyance from the Mac Mail app, launch Terminal and paste this line into the command line:
defaults write com.apple.mail 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 com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool true
Again, relaunch Mail app for changes to take effect.
Thanks to Randy M for the tip