Deleting Email Addresses from Outlook’s Auto Complete List

By standss Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Whenever you type an email address in the To/CC/BCC field of an email, Outlook helps out by showing you a list of email addresses that match what you have typed. This can be very helpful in quickly entering a recipient’s email address. But …

People’s email addresses change or you may have stopped communicating with certain people – yet their old email addresses keep showing up in the list.

Deleting Single Entries
It’s easy to delete individual items from the list. Type a few characters in the To field to display the list. Then use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move to the old email addresses and click Delete.

Deleting the Whole List
Use with Caution because there is no way of getting the list back!
You can also completely delete the list to start from a clean slate by following the steps in this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287623/en-us

Categories : Outlook Email Tips

5 thoughts on “Deleting Email Addresses from Outlook’s Auto Complete List

  1. your instructions for “Deleting Single Entries” does NOT work in Outlook 2007. there is no “Delete” option in a new email. What are you talking about?

  2. I confirm. Autocomplete entries that appear in the list when typing an email address should normally show a delete option (a cross at the right hand of the entry). This is the official MS documentation. Nevertheless, that delete cross does not show in my list and I so far have no option to delete any of the entries.

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