How to configure Apple Mail.app to show name from mail headers "From: " field and not from Contacts.app???

Apple Mail.app shows me always the name from Contacts.app (card is a read only download from global catalog), e.g.:

  • "Service Address" front-desk@ourcompany.net

But we have more than one who use this address. And this people configure there clients as follow:

  • name: "person1 first last" / address: front-desk@ourcompany.net
  • name: "person2 first last" / address: front-desk@ourcompany.net
  • name: "person3 first last" / address: front-desk@ourcompany.net

When I look to the mail headers, there are the correct names inside, but in Apple Mail.app the list view shows only:

  • "Service Address" front-desk@ourcompany.net

So I'm not able for differing the sender of mail without reading this.

And I do not want to manage a private address card for this address, because the people behind this address are changing all 4-6 weeks! The version I use before has done this correct, is El Captain a downgrade or have I to change to Thunderbird?

  • this depends not on "Smart Addresses"! – mccpts Mar 22 '16 at 0:11

Simply switch off Smart Addresses.
Prefs > Viewing > Use Smart Addresses

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Then, instead of Fred Bloggs it will read Fred Bloggs <f.bloggs@abc.com>

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  • this depends not on "Smart Addresses"! the "Smart Addresses" option do only change the view between "Addressbook Name" and "Addressbook name <user@email.address>" – mccpts Mar 22 '16 at 0:11
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    -1 because asker asked for Sender address. This option only affects Recipient addresses when composing an email. Just displaying the actual email address on hover would be nice, like in Gmail. Even better would be a column with the email address. – Henrik Erlandsson Oct 28 '19 at 8:31

You can see the actual sender email address by clicking on the email, then clicking the small down arrow next to the sender name. The menu that appears has it grayed out at the top of the menu:

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