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.
I find it much more useful to have a "best fit" list based on what is being typed over "most recent." Especially since the most recent list occupies the top of the list. Give us that option.
Outlook is a tool for business. It makes no sense to make it more difficult and tedious to use. The more focus energy I use on something that should be routine, the less I have when it counts. This is very frustrating. At least offer the option for autocomplete.
Yas this new system sucks big time. I would fire the person who messed this up. New products are supposed to be an improvement not regression from what was. Microsoft has turned into a **** Organization - not user friendly at all anymore
Richard Butterworth commented
For what it's worth I'm adding my voice to those clamouring for MS to revert to full 'AutoComplete' from the pointless and preposterous 'Recent people', wherein 5 recent email addressees only are displayed at first key-in when emailing instead of every address with the same initial. Sometimes we need to email someone we've not contacted recently. The original AutoComplete allowed this, but MS appears not to realise the value of such a function and, for some strange reason, has chosen to disable it. Believe it or not, Microsoft, not everyone enjoys total recall of every precise email address we store. Is anybody at Microsoft actually hearing this, or are we shouting impotently into a black hole?
If Outlook could behave the way Entourage for the Mac platform handled the searching for contacts. As you typed in any of the addressing fields of an email, it would 'wild card' the search of your entire address book(s) and present any contact that matched the string you were building.
I have also found that I have to type in the email address to get the autocomplete to populate. I can't just type the person's name. This may just be something that I don't know how to use or change...
Start > Run > Regedit
Go to the following location.
Create a new key of the DWORD type and name it "DisableAutoCompleteUpdate"
Now set the value of the key as "1".
Credit: This solution was posted by autotalon at the following address.
A correction to my own comment: The work-around is present in my OWA, but not in my customer's Outlook 2016 client. His has no option to "Search Directory" or "Search People".
There is a somewhat helpful work-around, but it is still not as good as it would be to go back to offering the full list of similar contacts in auto-complete!
Log into Outlook and start a message.
In the field for “To” start typing a contact, such as “s”.
In the resulting list of five addresses, at the bottom, find the option to
“Search People” or “Search Directory” and click there.
The box will then show the top 20 matches.
BRING BACK THE FULL AUTOCOMPLETE! I'm in tech support at a university and many want to see more than the five most recent similar entries. This change is a huge step backwards!
Ilya Gurin commented
Start typing and press [Ctrl]-[K] to autocomplete
Marie Quigg commented
Microsoft MUST change back to the full contact list in autocomplete NOT just the 5 most recent. This is a MASSIVE step BACKWARDS. Many users have 100's of email address and this "upgrade" has put us back to dark ages. Whoever thought this was an improvement should be sacked!
It used to until the latest update. Why change it? And can I change it back so it gives all contacts in auto complete?