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31 July 2017

HOWTO: Remove previous recipients from Apple Mail

by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.

Here’s a quick tip for those who may be battling the “previous recipients issue” in Apple Mail. For those not familiar with the issue, let me give you a quick example.

You compose a message in Apple Mail and send it to a recipient. You then later find that the recipient prefers future messages sent to a different email address. When you compose your next message to the recipient, the old address appears as you start to address the new email. You enter the new address; however, the third and subsequent times you compose a message to the recipient, autocomplete shows both addresses. If you are not careful, you will repeat your original error and select the non-preferred address. How do you get rid of the old address?

You can remove an address from the Apple Mail previous recipients list with the following steps:

When you create a new email message (⌘ + n) and begin to enter an email address, the incorrect recipient’s email address should no longer appear.

This is an easy fixes; however, it was very bothersome and it took me awhile to find the solution. Now the solution will be just a Google search away for some else struggling with the same issue.