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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.
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[Roman Loyola is a Macworld senior editor.]
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