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turning off previous recipient memorization

1833 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 3, 2008 6:50 AM by Mulder RSS
fortbailey Calculating status...
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Aug 12, 2008 12:12 PM
Is there a way to permanently disable Mail's ability to memorize previous recipients? I see I can get into the Previous Recipients window and delete all or individual entries, but I'd prefer turning this feature off entirely. I only ever want people who are in my address book to be listed during autocomplete.
MacBook 2.16GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Mulder Level 6 Level 6 (8,980 points)
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    Aug 12, 2008 12:26 PM (in response to fortbailey)
    Sorry, but you can't do what you're describing. If you want to eliminate Previous Recipients, you'llhave to do it manually; there's no way around that.

    Mulder
    iMac G4 1.35 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Chris R. Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Oct 2, 2008 1:32 PM (in response to fortbailey)
    This is a very annoying feature sometimes. There doesn't seem to be a way to disable this in the GUI prefs, but I wonder if there's property that can be pushed into the plist file from the terminal. Something like (just an example; don't use this):

    defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail DisablePreviousRecipients -bool YES

    Problem is, I'm unsure what the key value pair (the last bit of string above) would be for this option, if it even exists. Anyone else out there have a lead?
    MacBook Pro 15" + iMac Alu + Xserve Xeon, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Mulder Level 6 Level 6 (8,980 points)
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    Oct 2, 2008 2:02 PM (in response to Chris R.)
    I have discovered the way to turn this feature off, but it will have to wait until
    I get home from work before I can post it.

    Mulder
    iMac G4 1.35 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Mulder Level 6 Level 6 (8,980 points)
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    Oct 3, 2008 6:50 AM (in response to Chris R.)
    If you want to disable the Previous Recipients feature, you can do it with this command in Terminal:

    defaults write com.apple.mail SuppressAddressHistory -bool true



    Neither Mail nor Address Book should be running at the time you do this. As the OP stated they don't want anyone in that list except people who are in their Address Book, if they add someone to their address book, they will need to reverse this command before that person could be added to the Previous Recipients list.

    Mulder
    iMac G4 1.35 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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