capsule review

Set Primary Addresses 1.0.2

At a Glance
  • Robert Stainsby Set Primary Addresses 1.0.2

    Macworld Rating

Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2010 series. Every day from mid July through August, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a favorite free or low-cost program. Visit the Mac Gems homepage for a list of past Mac Gems.

When you create a contact in OS X’s Address Book, the first item entered for each entry point is considered the primary entry. For example, if you enter two e-mail addresses for a friend (one work address and one personal address), the first e-mail address you enter is considered by Address Book the primary. That’s the address that automatically appears when you’re addressing a e-mail to that same friend.

Unfortunately, there’s no built-in way in Address Book to change the primary designation for a contact. You need Set Primary Addresses an Address Book plug-in that simply adds the functionality to let you change the primary designation.

Set Primary Addresses goes in your Address Book Plug-Ins folder, which is located in your Library folder. When you want to change the primary designation, all you have to do is click on the field label; a menu will pop up, and “Make this the Primary” will be one of the selections. For example, to change the primary e-mail address, click the field label next to the address you want to designate, select “Make this the Primary Email” and you’re done. Now this e-mail will be the one that automatically fills in.

Set Primary Addresses doesn’t do much, but it provides a basic but needed function to Address Book.

Want to stay up-to-date with the latest Gems? Sign up for the Mac Gems newsletter for a weekly e-mail summary of Gems reviews sent directly to your inbox. You can also follow MacGems on Twitter.

Our 186-page Mac Gems Superguide is a veritable greatest hits of Mac Gems. It's available as a PDF download, PDF on CD-ROM, or as a printed book. Learn more about the Mac Gems Superguide.

[Roman Loyola is a Macworld senior editor.]

To comment on this article and other Macworld content, visit our Facebook page or our Twitter feed.
At a Glance
  • Robert Stainsby Set Primary Addresses 1.0.2

    Macworld Rating
Shop Tech Products at Amazon
Notice to our Readers
We're now using social media to take your comments and feedback. Learn more about this here.