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Auto complete using full contact list instead of just "recent contacts"

When I'm writing an email, I would like to be able to type an email from my contacts into the "to" bar and have outlook autocomplete the email without me having to go to the contacts menu.

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  • jozef commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, all contacts and for God sake, please fix that clunky behavior when one contact has more email addresses

  • GoBux commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please disable the "Recent People" and "Recent Search" pop-ups in Outlook. I wouldn't think they're considered useful to very many users, they're actually a nuisance for many of us.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, please provide an option to get rid of Recent People pop-up in Outlook. It is far too large, and just isn't helpful least in the workplace where one usually isn't e-mailing the same person repeatedly. Too many of recent updates to Office have made its use in a professional office much harder - not much easier.

  • LG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    please do an update and take off that new "Recent People Pop-up Box". It's annoying! I want it back the old way and - also, I want to be able to enter LAST Name, First name; Not the other way around. Sr. Executive Assistant for 40+ Years! Don't Change what isn't BROKEN!!! thanks!

  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Recent people is useless, but it actually causes another problem. It hides the To field you need to type in when this "recent" selection dialog pops up and then notice "You are not responding to the latest message in this conversation..." shifts the To, ** fields down. The Recent dialog stays where it is hiding the To field. You have to click again to type in the To field. Very annoying and just another productivity hit from Microsoft trying to be to fancy without adequate testing and user feedback on new features before implementing.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Get rid of recent people - or provide a way to turn it off and go back to auto complete

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    you need to get rid of the Recent People in the To field when emailing someone... I want the old autocomplete back.. this new version stinks

  • Ed Bates commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is just another problem with Office 365 /Windows 10. I can't wait to dump the whole lot and move to an Apple system.

    Pity, as Win 7 and Office 2003 worked beautifully for years before supposedly upgrading to this junk.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So frustrating that this was removed. I have over 1000 emails that I need to use and remember. I am constantly searching for old email
    addresses when they used to just drop down. I want the system to go back to the way it used to be. The sooner the better. I am remined 20 times a day how much I miss this feature.

  • Dean commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For those who are still waiting on a resolution to this, you can revert to the old AutoComplete list (full list) by adding the following Registry change

    Credit to: Carlos - https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/601982f7-817d-4a60-aeed-8cb9b70f6294/outlook-quotautocompletequot-now-replaced-by-five-quotrecent-peoplequot?forum=outlook

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Want to be able to turn this off to minimise the risk of sending an email to the wrong person

  • Don Eizen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am with AMY, should be able to type the name not the email address. THe most recent used should come up first, but then include anyone in the "People" list.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    totally agree, auto complete suggestions would be so much easier and quicker (much preferred old system)

  • Keith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I really miss the good old days when what is being suggested is how it actually was.

    So why was it changed from what "just worked" the current laborious method of having to go through the Contacts?

    I'm guessing it had something to do with huge organizations and too many suggestions for people in organizations where everyone starts off with a huge Contact List.

    So make it an option to turn off "Make recipient suggestions from full Contact Lists, not just recent contacts".

    Home, student and SOHO users would usually opt to let Outlook make suggestions from their full Contact lists.

    And the admins and users of enterprise Outlook installations could disable make suggestions from full Contact lists.

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