Auto Complete problem

Microsoft Outlook 2003 (full)
August 2, 2010 at 19:41:22
Specs: Windows XP
have just started using MS Outlook 2003 - I changed over from Outlook Express. I imported my contacts, and when I did that, I went through the imported contacts in MS Outlook and cleaned them up - made corrections, deleted ones that aren't useful anymore, etc. After many frustrating attempts, I finally figured out how to set up the Auto Complete function. However, the Auto Complete is suggesting addresses that I've deleted or changed. What is the problem here? Where is it getting the information? Did it not save the changes I made? Please help me! I'm already mad that I have to change over to Outlook and I've already spent HOURS fixing the address book (it imported many of the addresses really strangely).

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#1
August 6, 2010 at 16:20:01
Disable the "Suggest names" (Auto-Complete in your words), close Outlook, reopen, then re-enable the feature. That should clear out the history of the email addresses that have been entered in the "To:" field.

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#2
August 6, 2010 at 20:29:02
I did what you said; thanks for your help. However, I think perhaps I am misunderstanding how the Auto Complete or Suggest Names thing works. Will it only fill in names that I've ALREADY sent a message to? In other words - it's not getting information from the Address Book, it's getting it from past emails...correct? Because it will fill in, but only with names that I've already sent messages to.

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#3
August 7, 2010 at 00:21:43
That's exactly right. The "Suggest names..." feature is not the same as the Contacts/Address Book.

To send to someone in your Address book, either click on the To: field and select the name from the list, or type in the "File As" name in the To: field in a new email.


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#4
August 7, 2010 at 15:13:43
Thanks again for helping me with this. I must say, though, I don't really understand why Microsoft would create the program this way...wouldn't everyone want to have the suggest names feature for their ENTIRE address book? I don't want to click "To:" and then pick the name out of a list. Maybe if I just sent a mass email to everyone then the suggest names feature would do exactly what I want. At least until I added someone new to my address book.

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#5
August 7, 2010 at 17:04:10
You can type in the "File As" name. You don't need to select the name from the Contacts list.

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