Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 8:19 PM (in response to carlos-46)
Might you have a very large "Previous Contacts" list? Here's how to maintain it (from Mail Help):
Manage addresses in the Previous Recipients list
When you send messages, Mail stores your recipients’ email addresses in the Previous Recipients list. When you want to send new messages to those email addresses, just type a few letters in an address field, and Mail automatically fills in the rest.
To select addresses that are next to each other in the list, hold down the Shift key as you click the first and last addresses. To select addresses that are not next to each other in the list, hold down the Command key as you click each address.
You can remove a recipient from the Previous Recipients list while reading a message you received or writing a message. Click the arrow in a Smart Address and choose “Remove from Previous Recipients List” from the pop-up menu.
If you use iCloud Contacts, your Previous Recipients list is available on your other Mac computers that use iCloud Contacts and have OS X Mountain Lion installed.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 1:51 AM (in response to sberman)
I deleted all the Previous Recipients list and the problem persists. Now, the beach ball stays longer in the search for contacts. There must be some problem between Mail and Contacts it takes so long to process the search.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 12:43 PM (in response to carlos-46)
Two questions come to mind:
1. What type of account houses your contacts (e.g., Google, iCloud, local to your Mac)?
2. In Mail, go to Preferences (in the Mail menu) and click "Composing" on top.
- "Automatically complete addresses" is checked, right?
- If you click the "Configure LDAP" button, is anything there?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 6:30 AM (in response to carlos-46)
I am not sure if every time Mail seeks for contacts, it does the search on ICloud instead of looking for contacts on the computer. That might explain the delay. Any suggestions?