Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 12:02 AM (in response to delventhalz)
Mail > Preferences > Composing > Automatically complete addresses
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 6:19 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
Thank you, but that is checked.
Mail automatically completes addresses of previous recipients. But that is it. It does not automatically compete addresses from Contacts, or from other emails in Mail (such as CC's).
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 2:27 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Thank you again for the suggestion, but it did not change Mail's autocomplete behavior.
I'm not even sure where Mail is getting the addresses it is pulling up for autocompleting. It has some of the emails I have corresponded with, but is missing huge swaths.
As near as I can tell, this is how it behaves:
- If I start typing in an address I have sent an email to in the past, starting with the first letter of the email address and not any part of the middle of the address, it will autocomplete.
- Sometimes it will autocomplete based on names as well as the actual address, sometimes it won't. This seems to be based on how the recipients email server identifies the person.
- It will not autocomplete addresses that I have recieved emails from, but not sent to.
- It will not autocomplete addresses that were CC'd on emails I have recieved.
- It will not automcomplete addresses that exist only in Apple Contacts.
Is this how everybody's Mail behaves now? If there is something wrong, I would love to fix it, but I have two comptuers, and both behave this way. It is infuriating. Postbox was slow as ****, but it could pull addresses from Contacts, even though it was not Apple software. Not to mention, Mail itself can find and identify any email addresses when you do a Spotlight search for them, why wouldn't that same functionality be included in the To: field? Not to mention I am almost positive that this functionality used to be a part of Mail, and has since been removed.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 3:25 PM (in response to delventhalz)
I believe it will only autocomplete previous recipients and Contacts.
If it isn't getting Contacts, do you have any other problems with Contacts?
Can you add, edit, and delete cards?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 3:41 PM (in response to delventhalz)
The only thing you describe that's not normal is failure to autocomplete addresses in the Contacts database.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 4:32 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Okay, so I tried the most recent fix, and at first it didn't seem to work.
Then I thought maybe it was the particular contact I was trying that was the problem, and while it took awhile to find another email that was definitely in Contacts and definitely not a previous recipient, I did find one, and it worked!
But why didn't the original contact I had been testing with still not work?
So, I've fiddled around, and it seems like Mail WILL autocomplete the first or last name of Contacts, but it will NOT autocomplete the names of companies in Contacts.
Or at least that is how it works on my computer. It will autocomplete the email address (if you know how it starts), but if all you know if the corporate name then you have to open the Address Panel and search for it in there. It's a baffling distinction, but at least I have a work around now. I will just never classify anything as a Company again. Even if it is.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 4:49 PM (in response to delventhalz)
The To (or CC or Bcc) fields only match email addresses (and it appears only the start). If you want to search for random parts of things, open the Address Panel and search there.