Welcome to the MacNN Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

You are here: MacNN Forums > Software - Troubleshooting and Discussion > Applications > macOS Mail address suggestions

macOS Mail address suggestions
Thread Tools
reader50
Administrator
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: California
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
May 1, 2024, 02:17 PM
 
macOS Monterey for reference, using Apple's Mail.app

Whenever I create a new mail to "Joe", the address field often autocompletes to an older "Joe", who departed a company we use years ago. I want Mail to stop suggesting "old Joe" as the box is no longer valid. Anyone know how to tell Mail not to suggest a particular address?

Old Joe is already deleted from Contacts, so Mail must be picking it up from mail history. I don't want to delete all old emails from "old Joe" as we might need to check them at some point.

So ... can I tell Mail that an address is blacklisted today, or some such trick so it's no longer suggested?
     
reader50  (op)
Administrator
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: California
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
May 1, 2024, 02:30 PM
 
Never mind - I managed to Search up the answer. I'd been trying various right-click options on the incorrect address. Or using modifier keys while pressing Delete. There are two answers:

1) After the "old Joe" address fills in, click the disclosure arrow on right side of the address. If the address is not in your Contacts, you'll see an option to "Remove from Previous Recipients List" which does the desired deed.
2) General answer - in Mail, go to Window -> Previous Recipients. This lets you edit the whole list of Mail suggestions, getting rid of any cruft.

I'm not sure why this wasn't intuitive. I was looking for words like "autocomplete" or something about "contacts". Apple's term "Previous Recipients" didn't ring any bells for me.
( Last edited by reader50; May 2, 2024 at 07:49 PM. Reason: spelling)
     
andi*pandi
Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: inside 128, north of 90
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
May 2, 2024, 10:43 AM
 
Thanks, this is helpful. I always wondered why mail insisted on using people's old addresses when the new ones were in contacts.
     
   
Thread Tools
 
Forum Links
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Top
Privacy Policy
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:53 PM.
All contents of these forums © 1995-2017 MacNN. All rights reserved.
Branding + Design: www.gesamtbild.com
vBulletin v.3.8.8 © 2000-2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.,