Fortunately, there’s a way to delete old (or unwanted) addresses from the auto-complete list in Mac OS X Mail. The new address will be remembered automatically, and soon the auto-complete feature is as useful as ever again.
Delete an Email Address from Auto-Complete in Mac OS X Mail
To remove an email address from the auto-complete list in Mac OS X Mail:
- Start typing the recipient’s address or name in a new message.
- Select the desired address from the auto-complete list as if you’d compose an email to them.
- Click the small down arrow in the recipient.
- Select Remove from Previous Recipients List from the menu.
You can also search for the unwanted address directly in the previous recipients list:
- Select Window | Previous Recipients from the menu in Mac OS X Mail.
- Highlight the address you want to remove.
- You can highlight multiple addresses by holding down the Command key.
- Click Remove from List.
Clean up Mac OS X Mail’s Auto-Complete List
To clean up or empty the auto-complete list of previous recipients’ addresses in Mac OS X Mail:
- Select Window | Previous Recipients from the menu.
- Click on the Last Used header so the arrow points downward.
- Make sure no entry is highlighted.
- Hold down the Shift key.
- Click on an address last used a year ago.
- Of course, you can choose a different interval and select all addresses not used in the past month, for example.
- Verify all entries not used in the last year are highlighted.
- Click Remove From List.