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How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

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What to Know

  • Delete one address: Open a new message. Enter a name in the To field. Then, highlight the name in the autocomplete list and select X.
  • Delete all addresses in the autocomplete list: Go to the File tab and select Options >Mail >Empty Auto-Complete List.
  • In Outlook Online, go to the View Switcher and select People, choose a contact, select Edit, then delete the address.

This article explains how to delete an address from Outlook’s autocomplete list in Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010. It contains separate instructions for Outlook 2007 and Outlook Online.

Remove a Name or Email Address From the Outlook Autocomplete List

Outlook remembers every address you enter in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields of an email message. Then, when you enter the first few letters of a name or email address, Outlook automatically suggests contacts that match. If Outlook remembers mistyped and old contacts that you don’t want to appear in the autocomplete list, get rid of those entries.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

To delete a single contact from the autocomplete list:

Create a new email message.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

In the To field, enter the name or address you want to remove. As you enter the contact information, the autocomplete list displays the available matches.

Press the Down Arrow key to highlight the entry you want to delete from the list.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

Select Delete (the X to the right of the contact name). Or, press the Delete key.

Delete All the Addresses From the Outlook Autocomplete List

To clear the autocomplete list of all entries in Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010:

Go to the File tab.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

Select Options.

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In the Outlook Options dialog box, select the Mail category.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

In the Send messages section, select Empty Auto-Complete List.

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In the confirmation dialog box, select Yes.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

If you want to turn off the autocomplete list and prevent Outlook from suggesting recipients, clear the Use Auto-Complete List to suggest names when typing in the To, Cc, and Bcc lines check box.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

Select OK to close the Outlook Options dialog box.

Stop Outlook 2007 From Suggesting Recipients

To turn off the autocomplete list in Outlook 2007:

Select Tools > Options.

Select E-mail options.

Select Advanced E-mail Options.

Clear the Suggest names while completing To, Cc, and Bcc fields check box.

Click OK.

Remove an Address From the Autocomplete List in Outlook.com

Outlook.com draws its autocomplete suggestions from multiple sources. If you don’t want to see an entry in the autocomplete list, delete the email address from the contact entry.

Go to the View Switcher and select People.

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Select the contact that contains the email address that you want to delete from the autocomplete list.

To find a contact quickly, go to the Search box and enter the email address you want to remove from the autocomplete list.

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Oct 19, 2016, 12:34 pm EST | 1 min read

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

iOS’ autocomplete skills are a wonderful convenience until they become overstuffed with old entries. Is an old, outdated phone number or email address showing up in the list? Removing them from your contacts won’t remove them from the autocomplete list–you have to do that separately.

Imagine you’re on your iPhone and you need to dash off a quick e-mail. First you normally open Mail and start a new message, then type a few letters of the recipient’s name. A list will drop down of possible recipients. If there are autocomplete entries, a blue “i” will appear next to them.

If this information is out of date, then you can tap the “i” to remove it.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

In the resulting contact screen, scroll to the bottom and tap “Remove From Recents”.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

Now the old contact will be removed from the autocomplete list.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

You can use this same method in iMessage, too–even for group chats. Here’s an example of what we mean.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

Whenever you tap any of those blue “i” symbols, you can remove the autocomplete suggestion from your recents.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

It’s also a good idea to go through your address book and do a little house cleaning.

To do this, first open your address book and open any contact you need to remove and tap the “Edit” button in the upper-right corner.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

Now, scroll to the bottom of the contact and tap “Delete Contact” and confirm you want to remove it. (You could, alternatively, just remove the outdated number or email address for their contact card.)

How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

You will need to go through your entire address book and do this to each contact you want to remove. If you have a lot of names in your address book, then this may take some time but when you’re finished, you will be more assured you won’t see obsolete names or addresses in your iPhone or iPad’s autocomplete fields.

By Abhishek Kurve • 1:00 pm, September 11, 2017

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How to remove entries from ios’ autocompleteThe iPhone’s keyboard is smart enough to learn the words you type.
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Since iOS 8, the QuickType predictive text has been a tentpole feature of the iPhone’s keyboard. It analyzes the text you’ve typed so far and remembers new words that you type so it can suggest them later. However, if you tend to misspell a word, it automatically learns that word and offers it in the suggestions. If this happens a lot, it might even attempt to autocorrect the correctly spelled word to the misspelled “learned” word.

The iOS keyboard might also offer suggestions for embarrassing words it has learned. Having such words pop up in the suggestions can be really annoying. Let’s see how to remove certain words from the iOS keyboard dictionary.

The all-or-nothing solution: Reset keyboard dictionary

On Android devices, you can usually long tap on a suggested word, and remove it from the dictionary. Unfortunately, on iOS devices, you cannot remove a word individually from the keyboard dictionary. Instead, there’s an option to reset the entire keyboard dictionary — meaning that you will have to lose out on all the learned words.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocompleteResetting keyboard dictionary removes all the words that the iOS keyboard has learned.
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To reset the keyboard dictionary, head over to your iPhone’s Settings. Here, navigate to General > Reset and tap on Reset Keyboard Dictionary. Next, enter your passcode if prompted. The keyboard reset is now complete, and the iOS keyboard should no longer offer suggestions for the learned words.

Disable the suggestions bar by turning off Predictive Text

The suggestion bar at the top of the keyboard might display questionable words that it has learned. It can be embarrassing if you’re handing out your iPhone to someone else. To counter this, you can easily hide the suggestion bar from appearing at the top of the keyboard. Here’s how to do it.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocompleteDisabling this option hides the suggestion bar at the top of the iOS keyboard.
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Open iPhone’s Settings and navigate to General > Keyboard and turn off the Predictive switch. The iOS keyboard should no longer display the suggestions bar.

How to remove entries from ios’ autocompleteTurn off this switch to disable auto-correct.
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An important thing to note is that doing so only disables the suggestions bar, but the keyboard will still attempt to correct any words that you type. If you’d like to stop the iOS keyboard from auto-correcting words, here’s how to do it. Head over to your iPhone’s Settings > General > Keyboard. Here, turn off Auto-correction, and you’re good to go.

The workaround: Use keyboard Text Replacement

Text Replacement is quite an underrated feature of the iOS keyboard. It lets you type text shortcuts like “omw” and then expand it automatically to “on my way.” You can define any number of phrases you like. If you type out long phrases over and over again, it can save you a lot of time.

Aside from its usual benefits, you can also use it override an autocorrect suggestion. For instance, consider this scenario — Your iPhone auto-corrects an absolutely decent word to something embarrassing, just because you have typed it enough times. In such case, you’d either have to turn off auto-correction in keyboard settings or reset your entire keyboard dictionary. Both of these methods work fine, but again, it’s all-or-nothing. Using this clever text replacement workaround, you can replace the embarrassing auto-corrected word back to the decent one.

First, head over to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. Tap on the “+” icon on the top-right of the screen. Here, in the Shortcut section, type in the decent word that the keyboard tends to auto-correct. In the Phrase section, type in the text you’d like it to autocorrect to. For example, if your keyboard has gone haywire and tends to auto-correct “luck” into something inappropriate, you can enter “luck” in both the fields. This way, when you type in “luck,” the keyboard would attempt to auto-correct it to something inappropriate, but the text replacement would switch it back to “luck.”

This might not be the most convenient way, but at least it saves you from having to reset the entire dictionary just to remove a particular word.

Use a different third-party keyboard

There are a lot of great third-party keyboards for iOS out there. Both Gboard and Swiftkey have a personal dictionary feature that lets you easily add or remove individual words. Besides that, both of them tick a lot of boxes when it comes to features. For instance, you can slide type on both the keyboards — a feature that has not yet seen the light of day on the stock Apple keyboard.

Hopefully, Apple adds an easier way to add or remove words from the keyboard dictionary. And while we’re at it, how about adding slide typing to the stock keyboard, please?

Many clients have the ability to remember what addresses you have sent messages to, this is known as your auto-complete list. Sometimes you may enter the wrong address for a recipient or the recipient changes their address. The steps below will guide you through the process of either removing an address from this list or clearing the entire list.

Note: If you are experiencing an error indicating that no match is found or that the message cannot be sent because one of the addresses is invalid, clearing your Auto-Complete list could solve the issue.

Important: Your auto-complete list is not backed up. If you delete an entry or remove all entries from the auto-complete list, there is no way to recover this.

    Outlook on the web

    Removing an address from your auto-complete list

    1. In Outlook on the web, click the New button to start composing a new email.
    2. In the To: field, start typing an email address.
    3. Click the “X” which appears at the end of the auto-complete entry you want to delete.
    4. Type a few more characters of the email address and note that the auto-complete entry persists – if it persists, it may take up to 24 hours for the change to be reflected. Check back in 24 hours to see if it still appears.

    Note: There is not a way to clear the entire auto-complete list from Outlook on the Web. One must be on the desktop version of Outlook to have that feature.

      Outlook for Windows

      Removing an address from your auto-complete list

      1. Open Outlook.
      2. Click the Mail tab on the bottom of the screen so you are viewing your mailbox.
      3. Click New Email.
      4. In the new e-mail window, start typing the address you want to remove in the To: field. When it appears, click the X button next to the address.

      Note: If you do not have the ability to delete an entry, then either the address is coming from the directory or your personal contacts. You cannot delete the entries from the directory but you can delete/update entries within your personal contacts (e.g. People).

      Clearing out the entire auto-complete list

      1. Open Outlook.
      2. Click the File tab at the top of the screen.
      3. Click Options.
      4. In the “Outlook Options” window, click the Mail tab in the left hand pane.
      5. Scroll down to “Send Messages” and click the Empty Auto-Complete List button.
    Outlook for Mac

    Removing an address from your auto-complete list

    1. Open Outlook.
    2. Click the New Email button.
    3. In the new e-mail window, start typing the address you want to remove in the To: field. When it appears, click the X button next to the address.

    Note: If you do not have the ability to delete an entry, then either the address is coming from the directory or your personal contacts. You cannot delete the entries from the directory but you can delete/update entries within your personal contacts (e.g. People).

    Clearing out the entire auto-complete list

    How to remove entries from ios’ autocompleteThe iOS Mail app will automatically suggest recently used email addresses in the recipient feel when compiling a new email message or forwarding an email. While this is often accurate and helpful, sometimes an unwanted email address can pop-up in the automatic suggestion list, as can email addresses of people who are no longer in use. With a quick trick, you can clean up the recent email suggestion list on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and rid iOS Mail of any unwanted recommended email addresses and contacts.

    Note this relies on email addresses you have actually reached out to and communicated with before, making this different from the “contacts found in Mail” suggestion feature of iOS, which can also sometimes incorrect contact information and can be disabled separately.

    How to Remove Email Suggestions from Autocomplete in iOS Mail

    This works the same on iOS Mail for iPhone, IPad, and iPod touch.

    1. Open Mail app in iOS if you haven’t done so already and compose a new mail message
    2. Tap in the “To” field as usual and start typing the email address where unwanted suggestions start popping up (to remove general suggested email recommendations enter the specific address to remove, like [email protected])
    3. Tap the (i) button next to the email address of the contact you wish to remove from the suggested list

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    Look for the “Remove From Recents” button option at the bottom of the contact information to remove it from the suggested email to list

    How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

  • Repeat with other email addresses and contacts as desired
  • Once a contact has been removed from the suggested list they will not appear again unless the same email address is used again continuously for a while.

    This can be very helpful to clean up old email addresses from the ‘to’ suggestion field, or to remove a recommended address that may no longer get much use. You’ll find this useful if coworkers, friends, or family have changed their email address recently as well, since it’s pretty frustrating for all parties involved to have emails being sent to the wrong address and never get a reply if it’s no longer active or checked often.

    Note this only removes the contact and email address from the suggested email list that were recently used. This won’t delete the contact from your general address book, if you do want to remove the contact from the iPhone you can do that here via the Contacts app in OS X, iCloud, or on iOS.

    Google Chrome web browser, like most modern web browser, has auto-complete or auto-fill feature which automatically suggests matching entries based on previously entered phrases or strings, and previously visited URLs.

    However, once enabled, the auto-complete will always remember the typed entries or previous links, and automatically suggest similar or matching entries based on what’s been typed into the an input field, text area or address bar. Sometimes, the list of previously typed terms also appear automatically in the drop-down list, before anything is typed, when a field or search box is clicked with a mouse or down-arrow key is pressed.

    However, you may want to delete some funny, obscene or private terms, keywords or URLs which are been saved by auto-complete, it’s possible to remove those suggestions individually, rather than clear all auto-fill data that has been stored by the Chrome web browser. Removing just the unwanted auto-fill entries allow one to preserve all other entries which make life easier with surfing the Internet with Chrome browser.

    Here’s the way to delete and remove individual auto-complete and auto-fill entry in Chrome:

    Windows and Linux

    Highlight the unwanted auto-complete entry in the drop-down list with arrow keys or mouse cursor, then press “Delete” key on the keyboard.

    If the “Delete” key alone does not work, “Shift” + “Delete” key will do the job to delete the particular selected entry.

    Mac OS X

    Start typing so that the unwanted auto-fill entry is shown. Depending on the type of keyboard you’re using, try to hit “Fn” + “Shift” + “Backspace” for compact keyboard, or “Shift” + “Delete” for keyboard without Fn key and with separate delete key, and most non-Apple keyboard.

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    FAQ: How to remove email addresses from the Auto-Complete List?

    When you type the first 3 characters in the To: field, Outlook will show the nicknames and automatic completion cache as a pull down list which are the recent addresses resolved and sent. You may enter the wrong address for a recipient or the recipient changes their address. You can refer to the following steps to remove an address from this list or clear the entire list.

    Note: Your auto-complete list is not backed up. If you delete an entry or remove all entries from the auto-complete list, there is no way to recover this.

    It’s frustrating to make a typo when you’re trying to visit a website for the first time. Then, because your browser hates you, it will attempt to autocomplete to the wrong website—like netflux or faceboik—whenever you start to type the correct address into your address bar.

    I used to solve this with the nuclear approach: clearing my entire browsing history, cookies and all. While that meant I’d have to go through the process of re-authenticating into all of my websites (using various two-step and two-factor codes), at least Chrome wouldn’t be autocompleting to the wrong site whenever I started typing something into the Omnibox.

    Little did I know, it’s easier to correct this problem than you think—if you have the right web browser. Here’s how to delete autocomplete address bar suggestions in the “big four” browsers.

    Chrome

    Start typing in a website’s address. When your browser begins to auto-populate the wrong address in Chrome’s address bar, hold down Shift and Function on a Mac—or just Shift on Windows—and tap the Delete key. Once you see a website highlighted, you can also tap the up and down arrows on your keyboard to pull up any proposed result to delete it. It’s as easy as that—and a lot more convenient than clearing your entire history.

    That said, you can also selectively delete an entire site from your browsing history. Pull up Chrome’s history, search for the site’s domain and extension (netflix.com, for example), click on the top checkbox, scroll to the very bottom of the listings, hold down Shift, and click on the last checkbox. Then, click on the “Delete” option in the upper-right corner.

    Firefox

    You’ll use the same trick in Firefox as you did in Chrome. To delete an autofill entry, just press the Delete key on Windows or Shift + Delete on Mac . You can move up and down to highlight other entries using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Delete anything you want. It’s fun.

    Mistype Something? Get Rid of Unwanted Autofill Suggestions

    How to remove entries from ios’ autocomplete

    Autofill or autocomplete is a feature of most modern internet browsers. Autofill makes filling out forms easier by saving information that you’ve used in the past.

    But what do you do when that information is out of date, misspelled, or just plain wrong? Here’s how to clear or delete autofill suggestions.

    Why Should You Clear Autofill Suggestions?

    If you enter sweepstakes or otherwise fill out forms on websites, autofill can save you time by reducing the amount of typing you need to do. It can replace the need for a form-filling program like Roboform.

    Autofill suggestions usually appear as a drop-down list of options when you double-click on an empty field in an entry form. The suggestions might also be pre-filled when you open a form.

    The problem is that unwanted autofill suggestions can build up over time. Perhaps you made a typo when you entered your name way back when, or you moved and have a new address now, or you filled out a form for a friend or relative that one time but your browser never lets you forget.

    Now those useless autofill suggestions keep appearing when you fill out new forms. And they not only make it harder for you to find the right suggestions to use, but they also put you at risk of making a mistake. You could potentially miss out on a win if you misclick and send your prize to the wrong address, for example.

    Luckily, it’s simple to remove unwanted autofill suggestions. Follow these tips to clear your autofill and prevent unneeded suggestions from appearing when you fill out forms:

    Remember:

    * Clearing your autofill suggestions is quick and easy, saves you time when filling out forms, and prevents costly mistakes if you pick the wrong suggestion.

    * Deleting unwanted autofill entries is one of a number of maintenance tasks you should do regularly when you enter sweepstakes.

    How to Delete Autofill Suggestions in Chrome

    To get rid of unwanted autofill suggestions in Chrome, highlight the suggestion you want to clear by hovering your mouse over it, then press the “shift” and “delete” keys at the same time.

    You can also see the information you’ve saved and delete any entries that are no longer needed by taking the following steps:

    1. Click the hamburger button, which looks like three dots stacked on top of each other, at the top right-hand side of your screen.
    2. Click the “Settings” option.
    3. Under the “Autofill” section, click “Addresses and more”.
    4. Click the hamburger button next to any entry you want to delete, then select “Remove”.

    Clearing Autofill Entries in Internet Explorer

    To delete individual autofill suggestions in Internet Explorer:

    1. Double-click the text field so the drop-down box of autofill options appears.
    2. Hold your mouse over the option that you want to remove from autofill so that it’s highlighted. Don’t click on it.
    3. Press the delete key on your keyboard.

    This should clear the unwanted suggestion from your autofill results.

    If you’d like to remove all of your autofill suggestions, click on the “Tools” icon at the top right-hand side of your screen, then select “Internet Options” and pick the “Content” tab.

    Look for the AutoComplete section and click on “Settings.” At the bottom of that section, there’s an option to “Delete AutoComplete History.”

    You can choose whether you want to delete forms, passwords, or both.

    Removing Autofill Options in Microsoft Edge

    If you want to remove ALL of your autofill suggestions from Microsoft’s Edge browser:

    1. Open “Settings” by clicking on the three dots icon and selecting it from the menu.
    2. Select the “Privacy & Security” tab on the left side of the page.
    3. Scroll down to “Clear Browsing Data” and select “Choose What to Clear.”
    4. Select “Autofill data (includes forms and cards)” and click the “Clear” button.

    If you don’t want to keep your autofill data at all, you can also select the option on the same page to clear this data when you close your browser.

    To clear individual autocomplete suggestions in MS Edge, click on “Settings” at the upper right-hand corner of the screen, then “Passwords & autofill”. Under the “Autofill” section, select “Manage forms”. Click the X button next to any entry you want to delete.

    Deleting Autofill Entries in Firefox

    As with Chrome, if you want to delete individual autofill suggestions in Firefox, highlight the suggestion you don’t want to receive any more and press the “shift” and “delete” keys at the same time.

    If you want to delete all of your autocomplete information in Firefox:

    1. Click on the hamburger button.
    2. Select “History” and then “Clear Recent History.”
    3. Make sure that the option for “Form & Search History” has been selected and that the time range is set to “Everything.”
    4. Confirm that you want to clear the data.

    Clearing Autofill Suggestions in Opera

    Opera has an easy way to remove either individual or bulk autofill suggestions. To access it:

    1. Start by opening the Settings gear icon at the left of the screen.
    2. Click on “Advanced”.
    3. Look for the “Autofill” section and select “Addresses and more”.
    4. From there you can edit individual entries or disable the autocomplete option altogether.

    Don’t Stop After Clearing Your Auto-Fill Suggestions!

    If you enter sweepstakes, there are a few bits of maintenance that you should do to keep things from getting overwhelming. Keeping your autofill suggestions up-to-date and accurate is one of them.

    Another thing that you should do regularly is removing likes from Facebook contests that you don’t need anymore. While you’re at it, you can also remove unneeded Facebook sweepstakes apps.

    And you can also keep your sweepstake email under control by unsubscribing from unwanted sweepstakes newsletters.

    These things take only a few minutes to do, but they make entering sweepstakes more efficient and more enjoyable.