Copy the Email Address of a Sender in Mac OS X Mail

I would not have thought that it happens often. I would not have thought that the need would ever arise. I would not have thought about it at all. But time and again, I do want to copy the complete address—including not only the email address but also the name dressed up in nice, standard fashion—of an email's sender in Mac OS X Mail.

Unfortunately, highlighting the address and clicking Command-C does not have the desired effect. And, alas, clicking the down arrow next to the address and selecting any of the items (Copy Address, for example) is to no avail either.

So what is the confused Mac OS X Mail user to do? Looking for workarounds, she finds not one, not four, not three, but two.

Copy the Complete Email Address of a Sender in Mac OS X Mail

To copy a sender's full email address in Mac OS X Mail:

  • Press Command-Option-U while looking at the message.
  • Look for a line starting with "From: " in the top block of text.
  • Highlight all of the email address you want to copy.
  • Press Command-C.


  • Press Command-R to create a reply.
  • In the To: field, click on the email address's down arrow. (To see the arrow, position the mouse over the address.)
  • Select Edit Address.
  • Press Command-C.