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How to add contacts to Auto-Complete list in Outlook?

The Auto-Complete function in Outlook helps you easily find recipients when you composing email messages. By default, when you send messages to some contacts, their addresses will be filled to the auto-complete list automatically. Besides, you can choose to fill the auto-complete list with multiple contacts addresses at once manually in order to make the future work more efficient. In this article, we will show you a method of how to add contacts to Auto-Complete list in Outlook.

Add contacts to Auto-Complete list in Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013

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arrow blue right bubbleAdd contacts to Auto-Complete list in Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013

To add multiple contacts to the Auto-Complete list in Outlook, please do as follows: 1. Create an email message.

1. In the Message window, click the To button in the message header.

2. In the Select Names dialog box:

1). Select the contacts folder in the Address Book drop-down list;

2). If you want to add all contacts in the selected folder, please click the first contacts, hold the Shift key and scroll down to select the last contact;

3). Click the To - > button;

4). Click the OK button.

3. After clicking the OK button, all selected contacts are added to the To field in the Message window as while as the Auto-Complete list. Then close the Message window without saving.

4. Then when you type the first letter of the recipients’ email addresses into the To or Cc field, all the relative contacts you have selected above are showing in the Auto-Complete list immediately. See screenshot:


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    Shangwu · 1 years ago
    By changing Outlook to offline and making the new message to be sent (moving the message to the outbox folder) can make the auto-complete cache persistent. Of course you need to delete the message in the outbox before resuming Outlook to online.
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    Randy · 1 years ago
    This works temporarily, but upon Outlook restart, no longer works. I need a solution that persists across Outlook restarts. I'm using Outlook 2016.
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    Murphy · 1 years ago
    This did not work for me. Most of my contacts do auto-complete. There is a new employee with our company that I have to type the full address each time, so it's the only one that does not auto-complete despite numerous emails already sent to this person.
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      mohammad · 1 years ago
      you must send email for once to your recipient to save it.
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      Reece · 1 years ago
      Murphy, you may be at the maximum limit of AutoComplete entries which is 1000.

      To remove some rarely used ones, find an old or rarely used address by typing letters into the To field, then click the X at the end of their auto complete entry.

      This should then make room to add your new employee