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Is there a way to synchronize the addresses in the To; field to the same order they are in an address book group? In the address book group addresses were entered in alphabetic order but after selecting the group in the To: field in Mail they appear in some random order.

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Mac Mail Answer,

Not sure there is a way to do that, addresses in the address book and in groups can be displayed in just about any order that you like.
The fact that you put them in alphabetically does not mean anything.

Just as a matter of interest, why is it important that the addresses be in alphabetical order?

When sending to a group, it would be nice if you were to put the group in the BCC field and yourself in the To field.
This prevents everyone from seeing all those email addresses. Not everyone wants their email address slapped of emails going to a group of people that they may, or may not, know

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Mac Mail Answer

Thanks for your comment about the BCC field. That is interesting. I will use this method for other mailings as you described.
However, in my particular case this time, I want everyone to see who is receiving the message so the To: field accomplishes this.

Aren't the addresses in the address book in some order to begin with? Displaying them in other orders won't change the base order.
Maybe this answers my own question because i just moved the addresses to a new group in alphabetic order from a larger group that is displayed in alphabetic order but may be in a random order when they were originally created.

Though there is no compelling reason for the list to be alphabetic, I just thought an alphabetic list would be more logical for a group.

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Address Book order,

is something of a mystery.
It would seem logical that if you added addresses in alphabetical order, then that would be the order in which they were stored in the database.
Without knowing what sort of database the AD is using, I would not like to stake my life on that being a fact.

Meanwhile, you can always rearrange the addresses in the To: line by dragging them into whatever order you want.
Or,
Do not expand the group and the To: line will only contain the name of the group.

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