Q. I have multiple accounts set up in the Mac’s default Mail program. I notice sometimes when I create a message, Mail automatically sets the sender address to the account I use for personal correspondence and not my preferred home-business account. How can I specify that my business account should be the default sender address?

A. You can manually switch accounts on a new Mail message by selecting an address from the drop-down menu in the Sender field, but if you have a preferred address, you can designate it as your default outgoing address for new messages. To do so, open the program and, under the Mail menu in the top-left corner, choose Preferences. (If you are already in the Mail program, press the Command and comma keys to open the app’s Preferences box.)

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In the Mail preferences box, use the drop-down menu to select the default account for sending new messages.

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In the Mail Preferences box, click the Composing tab and go to the Addressing section in the middle of the box. In the “Send new messages from” setting, click the drop-down menu and select your preferred account, then close the Preferences box. The messages you create from this point should have your chosen address set in the sender.

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