How to Delete the Cached Email Addresses in Outlook


Microsoft Outlook tries to save you time with various shortcuts. Auto-Complete is one of the most useful of these shortcuts. It can save you time whenever you enter an address in a message by displaying a list of email addresses that match the characters you have typed so far. This can be a real benefit when you are entering a long or complicated address. However, it can be annoying when Auto-Complete offers too many address choices. Deleting cached email addresses in Outlook is an easy process.

  • Open a new message window. In one of the address fields, type the first few characters of the address you want to remove. Stop as soon as Auto-Complete displays a list of possibilities that contains the address you want to remove.

  • Use the Up and Down arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight the address you want to eliminate in the Auto-Complete suggestion list.

  • Press the "Delete" key on the keyboard to remove the address you highlighted from Outlook's Auto-Complete cache. The address will no longer appear as an option.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using Outlook 2010, use the mouse to complete this process by clicking the "x" that appears next to each address in the Auto-Complete list when you hover the mouse pointer over that address.
  • For Outlook 2007 and earlier, when navigating in the Auto-Complete list, use the specific keys listed in the steps, rather than the mouse. If you try to select using the mouse, you will add the email address to the message rather than eliminate it from the Auto-Complete cache.

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