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Delete a single entry from Outlook's Auto-Complete List

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

In the previous post, I wrote about how to turn off the Outlook's Auto-Complete feature. I personally keep this feature turned on as I use it all the time and find it a time-saver.

However, there comes a time when I've inadvertently typed an email address incorrectly and now, that incorrect address endlessly pops up in Auto-Complete. Luckily, we're not stuck with it forever. You can easily delete a single entry in the Auto-Complete list as follows:

To Delete a Single Entry from Outlook's Auto-Complete list

  1. Create a new blank email message.
  2. Click in the To:, Bcc or Cc box.
  3. Start typing the characters for the entry you want to remove.
  4. When the Auto-Complete List appears, select the entry you want to remove by using the arrow keys or by hovering your mouse over the name you want to remove.

    Auto-Complete list

  5. Click the x icon when it appears or press the Delete key on your keyboard.

    Click the delete icon in the list

If you want to completely delete your Auto-Complete list and start over from scratch, follow these steps:

To Delete the Entire Auto-Complete list

  1. Click the File tab on the Ribbon and then click Options.
  2. Click Mail in the left pane.
  3. Scroll down until you see the Send Messages heading.
  4. Click the Empty Auto-Complete list button. Click Yes.

    Empty Auto-Complete button

  5. Click OK.

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