Outlook strives to offer the simplest, most complete way to manage emails. And, judging by the popularity of the program, they have created a great application that serves the needs of a wide range of customers. But not everyone is going to love everything about a program, and some people in particular may not like the auto-complete feature in Outlook 2013. Auto-complete works off of a list of email addresses with which you have previously corresponded to provide you with a quick means to enter an address into the “To” field or the “CC” field. But if you find this feature to be distracting or harmful, then you can follow the steps below to learn how to disable auto-complete in Outlook 2013.
Disable Auto-Complete for Email Addresses in Outlook 2013
Note that this tutorial is going to address completely disabling the feature. If you simply want to delete the list of predictive names that is currently stored on your computer, then you can read this article. However, if you find auto-complete to generally be a nuisance that provides incorrect email addresses, then follow the steps outlined below.
Step 1: Launch Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window.
Step 4: Click Mail in the column at the left side of the Outlook Options window.
Step 5: Scroll down to the Send Messages section of the window, then clear the check mark to the left of Use Auto-Complete List to suggest names when typing in the To, CC, and BCC lines.
Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to save your changes and close the window.
If you want Outlook to check for new messages more frequently, then read this article about increasing the send and receive frequency in Outlook 2013.
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