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.
This is literally why I don't use my outlook email address. What a shame. I'd be all in with free MS apps, but can't commit because of this very basic lacking functionality. Every other mail app has this fixed.
Alonso Velasquez commented
This feature obviously was optimized for user personas who are consistently emailing different people, like someone in customer support. Clearly that was a mistake, as I can guarantee the majority of personas are consistently emailing the same amount of people. Admit you did your user research wrong here and bring back the old logic (or give us an option to config one way or the other)
Please allow AutoComplete to display all Contacts/Address Book names. The limit of 5 names and addresses is not an improvement. At the least, please allow users a CHOICE of AutoComplete behavior in Options. Thank you.
Brad Umansky commented
I am using Outlook 365 and I hate the fact that it does not store all of the people that I have typed emails to in the auto populate feature. The 5 most recents is terrible. It is causing me to waste a lot of time looking for emails. Please, please, please restore this feature to the way it previously worked.
Tony Day commented
I spent 4 hours over 3 days - probably more actually to be told from support that this is "working as designed". The problem came up after moving from macbook to windows machine. To have a contact list (people) which the email client (Outlook) does not reference is completely insane. So even though I have hundreds of contacts in my address book, unless I have already sent an email to them autofill comes up blank when typing a new email address - meaning I have to search for their email address and paste it in to the to or cc field - or go through some other completely daft process within the outlook address book to try to find the contact. I have three email accounts within outlook and not having all three of them be able to access the people address book is so frustrating. It looks like the people who design this stuff dont actually understand how many users actually use the product.
Please fix this issue ASAP - it costs me so much time. I am currently looking to use if there is an outlook replacement
What a mess of UI design. The three interfaces seem to use different standards.
Outlook desktop looks are personal contacts (but wont look at other contacts or public folders, it can look in one, why not others.)
Outlook Mobile looks at personal contacts
Outlook web looks at nothing
it boggles the mind why it is not parsing your contact list to look for an email address or a contact.
It should be looking through every contact list you have.
There should probably even be an option to have it look through emails you have.
The other issue is the cache of remembered names, does not travel across devices (same account)
so i enter an email on outlook desktop, my phone has no idea who that is. Huh? Really?
that user cache should travel across all devices at a minimum, not many people are bound to one device anymore.
please microsoft. Get your email dev teams in one room and dont let them out until they all all agree on one universal cross platform method of finding your contact.
Keith C commented
Recent contact needs to show more than five contacts. It is not sufficient as the are are often more than five contact with the same first or last name. Please bring back the older version of autocomplete!!!!!!
Yes, this is probably the Office issue that costs me the most unnecessary time an frustration at work!
Please create this feature! I can't belibe that suuch an very easy to implement and usefull feature, that is included in so many other Mailingclients, is missing in Outlook since years. The existing context search when typing in an adressfield
a) completly unintitive because
* you don't know where the suggestions are stored (why not in your contacts?)
* You have to type the *first* letters of the Adress instaed of typing *some* letters: So you have to try firstname, lastname, companyname, abriviations, emailname etc. to find an adrress you know that must be stored in the system
b) creates errors that could be avoided, because if you type the adress one time false it's repeated false again and again evan if you have the right adress in your contacts. I know there are shortcuts but I have to find out them again and again.
JOHN HABEL commented
Takes time to look up all the addresses that I need for various emails. what took me 3 min. now takes me 15-20 min. to search because I get pulled away by someone.
Outlook should be able to autofill from my full contact list
Victor B commented
Indeed! Outlook should be able to autofill from my full contact list.
Stephen Cunliffe commented
OMG this is one of the most frustrating aspects of outlook on desktop. At a minimum if I have a corporate address book, search that list please!
Very frustrating: since this option is introduced, outlook crashes as soon as we type an address in to/cc or typing '@' in the mail body. The mail is lost and so we can start all over again. We are using exchange 2010 sp3, any change this is incompatible with the recent people list as outlook crashes upon showing this screen?
Nour Farrag commented
This is a huge issue for me working in an office where I have MANY distribution lists that all start the same. It's impossible to remember all the DLs and having them pre-populate as options to choose from saves me countless hours of work!
Recent contact needs to show more than five contacts. It is not sufficient as the are are often more than five contact with the same first or last name. Please bring back the older version of autocomplete.
Yes, all contacts and for God sake, please fix that clunky behavior when one contact has more email addresses
Revert the Recent People to Autocomplete, pelase...
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.
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.