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This might sound like a very simple question but I am new to Lotus Notes 8 and nobody around me seems to know an answer to it.

As most people, I keep multiple email addresses per contact (ie.: their work and personal email). (example: and; both these email addresses under "John Doe" contact).

When I go to send an email to "John Doe" Lotus Notes 8 just displays "John Doe" on the "To:" field without informing me as to which of both email addresses is the email going to go to.

Does anyone know how I can show / choose which email address is the email going to be send to?

Thanks in advance


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This answer may only be valid in Notes 8.5 or later. I use 8.5.3 UP1.

While you are doing type ahead, the contacts name appears below the send to field. If there are multiple addresses the primary one is displayed and a "twisty" is shown at the right side. Mousing over the name expands the twisty to show and allow selection of alternate emails. Here is a sample (with my spouse's email redacted.:-) )

enter image description here



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That email is still fairly easy to read... a plain black block or a pixelized blur are usually best for redacting screenshots. – Lie Ryan Jul 26 '12 at 12:39
Newbs, I do not see this on my version of Lotus notes (Release 8.0.2) any other alternative? – macutan Jul 26 '12 at 13:24
macutan This is the answer. If it's not in 8.0.2 your only alternative is to use multiple contacts or just upgrade. It's clearly a feature IBM added later, so you're not going to find a magic solution. This doesn't work in the nlnotes.exe client either, which is the one I use, or did use until Newbs made that awesome post. :) +1 @Newbs GIMP is super handy for the pixelize filter, and it's open source. – Tanner Faulkner Jul 26 '12 at 15:32
@Lie Ryan: You are probably right. Just, please do not spam her. If you do she will probably take it out on me. – Newbs Jul 26 '12 at 17:02
@rtanner: You are correct. This feature uses capabilities that Eclipse adds to the Notes client. The answer is upgrade. Alternative mail templates at might have a feature for this which will work in the Basic Client (nlnotes/exe). – Newbs Jul 26 '12 at 17:05

Lotus Notes defaults to the Business email field. You can view this by clicking E-mail with the contact open. enter image description here

As far as I know there isn't a way to switch this on the fly, short of creating multiple contacts for the same person under different email addresses.

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thank you r.tanner. I was aware of that selection but I was wondering if there is an option somewhere that would let me pick one... – macutan Jul 25 '12 at 23:34

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