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hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 28, 2013 12:54 PM

i am having fits with mac mail.


does anyone know if the SEARCH box uses the same information as the AUTOCOMPLETE?


i just tried to enter a person "giorgio" into an autocomplete to send them a mail and no autocomplete comes up. so then i go to the search box to enter this name and while no actual MAIL comes up (there should be i think at least in the On My Mac section) there IS an autocomplete for "From: Giogio Last Name").


is there some reason the search box finds a from and an autocomplete does not find the same name? also, does anyone know where the search box gets its information? right now when the search autocompletes it just autocompletes with the "From: Giorgio Last Name" and in order to try and grab the email i have to sort of hover midway so that search does not autocomplete and READ the email address it is showing before i make the selection and then manually type this into the To box in my email.


this is sort of inconvenient but also sort of confusing.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), with 64 bit Win7 Boot Camp | iCloud
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,550 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 1:48 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    For the address fields, Mail uses the Contacts database and the Previous Recipients database (Windo menu in Mail). If you don't have giorgio in your contacts, and you haven't sent an email to giorgio, then it won't autocomplete. The search will find emails from giorgio.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,550 points)
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    Jun 29, 2013 7:27 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    For search problems in Mail, usually reindexing Spotlight for the drive helps.

    To do so, add you Hard Drive to the Privacy pane of Spotlight System Prefs. Wait about 10 sec and then remove it. You should see Spotlight begin to index.


    If it is providing a category to search within (From), it is finding something with that value matched to that category. Otherwise, it wouldn't offer the category at all.


    Yes, you can review the Previous Recipients to see if the person is there. You can delete entries or add them to your Contacts from there, too. I don't know if Spotlight indexes that database, but if it does, that may be the reason you are not getting the autocomplete.


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