GMail has recently rolled out a new method of composing a message: the composition appears as a popup stable at the bottom of the screen, and one can look at other mail for reference, say, while composing the mail. Other things have changed about the composition process also.
One (to me unwelcome) change is as follows. Suppose GMail recognizes the name-and-address
John Doe <email@example.com> from past e-mail I've sent, or from my address book. Suppose now I wish to compose an e-mail message to
Mary Doe <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Using the old composition method, this is easy: I edit the "to:" line. Using the new one, any attempt to use
email@example.com as a recipient will result in its getting labeled
John Doe <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
I know of two solutions for this on a case-by-case basis:
Mary Doe <email@example.com>or any other equivalent but not identical address.
firstname.lastname@example.org a contact (if he isn't already) and remove
John Doefrom the contact information.
Neither appeals to me, and I'm looking for any further possible solutions, either on a case-by-case basis (is there something to press while editing the "to:" line that will make my edits there stick?) or, preferably, as a preference I can set.