Outlook remembers every address you enter in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields of an email message. Then, when you enter the first few letters of a name or email address, Outlook automatically suggests matching contacts. If Outlook remembers typos and old contacts that you don’t want to display in autocomplete list get rid of these records.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007; Outlook for Office 365; Outlook for Mac and Outlook Online.

Remove name or email address from Outlook autocomplete list

To remove a single contact from the autocomplete list:

  1. Create a new email message.

    Selecting a new email in Outlook.
  2. AT field » To whom» enter the name or address you wish to delete. As you enter contact information, the autocomplete list displays available matches.

  3. Press the key down arrow, to highlight the entry you want to remove from the list.

    Choosing to remove an email from the auto-complete list in Outlook.
  4. Select Delete (X to the right of the contact’s name). Or press a key removal .

Remove all addresses from Outlook autocomplete list

To clear the autocomplete list of all entries in Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013 and 2010:

  1. Go to tab » File «.

    File menu in Outlook
  2. Select Options .

    Options button on the Outlook account information page
  3. AT dialog box » Outlook Options » select category » Mail «.

    Mail category in Outlook settings
  4. In chapter » Sending messages » select « Empty autocomplete list .

    Empty autocomplete list
  5. In the confirmation dialog, select Yes .

    Yes button on the confirmation dialog to clear the autocomplete list
  6. If you want to disable the autocomplete list and prevent Outlook from suggesting recipients, uncheck checkbox Use autocomplete list, to suggest names as you type in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields .

    Autocomplete not checked in Outlook
  7. Click OK, to close the Outlook Options dialog box.

Stop Outlook 2007 from suggesting recipients

To disable the AutoComplete list in Outlook 2007:

  1. Select Tools > Options .

  2. select Options Email .

  3. Select Additional email options .

  4. Remove checkbox Suggest names when filling in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields .

  5. Click OK .

Remove address from autocomplete list in Outlook.com

Outlook.com pulls its autocomplete suggestions from several sources. If you don’t want to see an entry in the autocomplete list, delete email address from the contact record.

  1. Go to View Switch and select People .

    People icon in Outlook on the web
  2. Select the contact that contains the email address you want to remove from the autocomplete list.

    To quickly find a contact, go to the field search and enter the email address you want to remove from the autocomplete list.

  3. Select Change .

    Edit button in a contact entry in Outlook on the web
  4. Delete the outdated or unwanted address.

    Address to delete on the edit contact screen
  5. Select Save .

    Save button in the Edit Contact panel in Outlook on the web
  6. The contact no longer appears in the Outlook.com AutoComplete list.

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