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14 August 2005 @ 08:16 am
MS Outlook question  
Outlook has a nice/nasty feature that lets it autofill your To: field in e-mais based on the first few letters of what you type.

This is nice because you don't have to type the whole e-address or look anybody up.

It's nasty because it has a very long memory, and when people's e-addresses change, it doesn't care.


Does anybody know how to clear Outlook's autofill memory so I can stop sending to all these old e-addresses?
 
 
 
Fred 2.0lqc on August 14th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Not a direct answer, but gets you a step closer.
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum107/26.htm
(note: found program http://download.biz.tm/Owtlook-AutoComplete-Editor/03.2086.html, just not free)

Second option, apparently highlight and delete might work.
http://www.peterprovost.org/archive/2003/04/12/363.aspx

gregcherney on August 18th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
Microsoft Has the Answer
I found this on a Microsoft help site

Applies to
Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003
Microsoft Outlook® 2002

Outlook maintains a nickname list that is used by both the automatic name checking and the automatic completion features. The nickname list is automatically generated while you use Outlook. If the nickname cache is corrupted, Outlook may not be able to identify recipients, may offer incorrect recipients when automatically completing the e-mail address, or may send the message to the wrong person.

Use the following steps that are appropriate for your version of Microsoft Windows to reset the Outlook nickname cache. After you restart Outlook, Outlook generates a new nickname cache.


Microsoft Windows XP

Exit Outlook.
Start Microsoft Windows Explorer.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
Under Advanced Settings, select the Show hidden files and folders check box.
Click OK.
Click Start, point to Search, and then click All files or folders.
In the Search Companion box, type *.NK2 in the All or part of the file name box.
In the Look in box, select your local hard disk drive.
Click Search.
Right-click the .NK2 file with the name of the profile that you want to reset, and then click Rename.
Rename the file to profile name.bak, and then press ENTER.
Exit Windows Explorer.
Restart Outlook.

Microsoft Windows 2000

Exit Outlook.
Start Windows Explorer.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
Under Advanced Settings, select the Show hidden files and folders check box.
Click OK.
Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
In the Search for Files or Folders box, type *.NK2 in the File name box.
In the Look in box, select your local hard disk drive.
Click Search Now.
Right-click the .NK2 file with the name of the profile that you want to reset, and then click Rename.
Rename the file to profile name.bak, and then press ENTER.
Exit Windows Explorer.
Restart Outlook.

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Microsoft Windows 98

Exit Outlook.
Start Windows Explorer.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
Under Advanced Settings, select the Show all files check box.
Click OK.
Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
In the Named box, type *.NK2.
In the Look in box, select your local hard disk drive.
Click Find Now.
Right-click the .NK2 file with the name of the profile that you want to reset, and then click Rename.
Rename the file to profile name.bak, and then press ENTER.
Exit Windows Explorer.
Restart Outlook.
Idtechnomonkey on August 18th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
Sweet!
That did it. Thanks!!
gregcherney on August 18th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
By the way...
I found that when I followed the MSFT directions it didn't find anything. You need to go into Advanced Options in the search to set it to look in hidden folders. Then it will find the NK@ file. Once you find it, rename it or delete it. When OL starts the next time it will create a new one and you'll see that no names will autofill when you create a new message.
(Anonymous) on August 18th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: By the way...
ssorry, NK2 file, not NK@