Recently, one of my friends changed email addresses, however. Mac OS X Mail reliably, but stubbornly auto-completed the old, defunct address when I wrote her an email.
Fortunately, there's a way to delete old (or unwanted) addresses from the auto-complete list in Mac OS X Mail. The new address will be remembered automatically, and soon the auto-complete feature is as useful as ever again.
Delete an Email Address from Auto-Complete in Mac OS X Mail
To remove an email address from the auto-complete list in Mac OS X Mail:
- Start typing the recipient's address or name in a new message.
- Select the desired address from the auto-complete list as if you'd compose an email to them.
- Click the small down arrow in the recipient.
- Select Remove from Previous Recipients List from the menu.
You can also search for the unwanted address directly in the previous recipients list:
- Select Window | Previous Recipients from the menu in Mac OS X Mail.
- Highlight the address you want to remove.
- You can highlight multiple addresses by holding down the Command key.
- Click Remove from List.
You can also use the Previous Recipients window to rid the list of old, unused addresses.