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How to Disable Outlook's Auto-Complete Feature

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

Outlook maintains a history of all the email addresses you've entered in the past and uses those for its Auto-Complete feature. When creating a new email message, matching entries begin popping up as you type in the email address of your recipient. Many find this a handy feature as it it much faster than searching for addresses in your Address Book. However, many people inadvertently send an email to the wrong person. This can happen especially if you're in a hurry and not paying careful enough attention.

For instance, you may want to send an email to David Smith. But as you begin typing "David", David Sorensen pop-ups up. Before you realize what you've done, you've pressed the Enter key and clicked the Send button. I've been guilty of this myself in the past when I've been overly distracted and not paying close enough attention to have I was doing.

I personally find Auto-Complete a great feature. Others however may find it an annoyance and prefer to use their Address Book to enter in email addresses to ensure there are no mishaps. You can disable AutoComplete from Outlook Options.

To Disable Auto-Complete in Outlook

  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. Uncheck the check box next to Use Auto-Complete List to suggest names when typing in the To, Cc, and Bcc lines.

    Unchecked AutoComplete checkbox

  5. Click OK

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