How to Get Mac Mail to Capitalize the First Word in a New Sentence

The default email client with Apple's OS X, Mac Mail, lacks a number of features that other email client applications offer -- including the ability to automatically capitalize the first word of a new sentence. You can add this feature to Mac Mail by installing WordService, a free system service that works with Leopard, OS X version 10.5 and Snow Leopard, 10.6, offering a number of other text formatting features in addition to capitalization.

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Download the WordService package to your Macintosh computer. WordService is freeware available from Devon Technologies. It saves as a zip file to your Downloads folder.

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Open Finder and navigate to your Downloads folder and then double-click on the WordService.zip file. This creates a WordService folder.

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Drag the WordService.service file in the WordService folder to the Services folder located in the Library folder in your home directory.

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Log out and log back in to activate the new services. Alternatively, you can restart the system, which will also log you out and log you back in.

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Compose a message in Mac Mail and highlight the text you wish to convert, or press the Apple "Command" key and "A" keys simultaneously to highlight all text and right-click. Select "Services" from the pop-up menu and then the "Convert" sub-menu, followed by the "Initial Caps of Words" option.