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How to Delete an Address from the Outlook Auto-Complete List

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Outlook remembers every address you have typed in a To:, Cc: or Bcc: field. This is good: when you start keying in a name or address, Outlook automatically suggest the contact in its entirety.

Unfortunately, Outlook remembers the mistyped and old as well as the correct and current — and suggest it indiscriminately. Fortunately, getting rid of entries you no longer want to appear in the auto-complete list is easy.

Delete an Address from the Outlook Auto-Complete List

To remove a name or email address from Outlook's auto-complete list:

  • Create a new email message in Outlook.
  • Start typing the name or address you want to remove.
  • Use the down arrow key to highlight the desired (undesired) entry.
  • Press Del.

Want to Edit the Outlook Auto-Complete List?

For more control over Outlook's email address auto-complete file, try a tool like Ingressor.

Prevent Outlook Address Auto-Completion Altogether

You can also stop Outlook from suggesting email addresses as you type:

  • Select Tools | Options... from the menu.
  • Go to the Preferences tab.
  • Click E-mail Options....
  • Now click Advanced E-mail Options....
  • Make sure Suggest names while completing To, Cc, and Bcc fields is not checked.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK again.
  • Click OK once more.
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