Currently Being ModeratedJun 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.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2013 6:06 AM (in response to Barney-15E)
thank you. this is very helpful. for some reason both of these seem to be acting regularly weird and i was not able to figure this out.
for some reason Mail Search does not seem to return /any/ mail results for this search even though the /name/ shows up in the "From" dialog here. do you have any reason why this would be the case or how i might investigate further? i mean, presumably if a result is showing up here then there is in fact an email in Mac Mail that came "From" this sender and this mail would currently exist in either an IMAP account or in the ON MY MAC section is that right?
i am having a hard time figuring out how to research this since if the name shows up in the mail search but i don't see it in the search results - - hmmm - i guess i should manually search in the On My Mac section and in the IMAP inbox by sorting by from sender and alphabetically looking up this sender i guess? then i can provide more info on this?
also, same for the To autocomplete. i am almost positive that i have sent mail to this sender from my Mac Pro but i can check this easily by looking in the Window > Previous Recipients and manually looking up the name here, yes?
the search in particular has not been working well and i recently took online advice to follow a tech article about deleting some Mail folder file and rebuilding the index but this does not seem to be working AFAIK. seems odd to get a mail search result NAME but no actual MAIL showing up...
Currently Being ModeratedJun 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.