How do I disable Microsoft Entourage's auto-fill address feature?
Dave, Thanks for your great tip about clearing Microsoft Entourage message archives of attachments on my Mac OS X system [see A Useful Tip for Microsoft Entourage on The Intuitive Life]. Now can you help me delete all the unwanted email addresses that secretly pop up when I fill out the TO: field. The ones that exist from prior email, spam, etc?
Fortunately, that's easier than you think.
Entourage X stores a max of 200 entries in its recently seen address list so the easiest solution to clearing out a specific address is to just wait a while.
If that's not speedy enough for you, you can clear the address cache at any time by going to Preferences -> Compose and clicking on the button on the bottom of that pane labeled "Clear List".
If you want to disable this feature entirely and have Entourage only offer auto-complete for addresses in your address book, simply uncheck the option "Display a list of recently used addresses when address messages".
The following screen shot shows what I'm talking about: this is from Entourage 2004, v 11.1.0.
click on the image for a full-size screen shot
Advanced tip: if you want to just get rid of one particular email message, add that address to your Address Book, then delete the new entry. That should clear it out.
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