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How to remove an autocomplete email address from Apple's Mail app

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  BrianSawyer's Photo
Posted Aug 26 2010 07:11 AM

Anyone who has used Apple's Mail app has likely experienced an embarrassing failure of its usually helpful autocomplete feature for email addresses. Sometimes, either old or seldom-used addresses for your contacts will sneak into your address book (within Mail, that is, not in your actual Address Book app). All it takes is collaborating with Google Docs for me to get someone's personal gmail.com address to override their preferred business oreilly.com address. As has been pointed out to me on more than one occasion, this is not good. I finally investigated how to solve the problem.

Within Mail, choose Window->Previous Recipients:

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Search for the offending address and choose Remove From List:

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And that's it. No more embarrassing autocompletes for that address (until the next time it sneaks into your address book, that is).

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 : Sep 14 2010 05:44 PM
That is great, but how do you do it with the iPhone mail app?
  RAH 2010's Photo
Posted Feb 09 2011 07:03 PM


Of course. But who knew there was even an entry “previous recipients”? Counter-intuitive. Errr-rr. .. Well, maybe, too obvious, hunh?
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Posted Nov 30 2013 05:58 PM

Wow! that was easier that I expected! I might even remember how to do it! Thanks!