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Orphan e-mail address !

by Torteval2 / March 21, 2009 6:31 AM PDT

Can anyone HELP! do you remove email addresses from your computer that have come in via an email contact but are not in the address book? They are impossible to remove and create no end of problems when someone changes their email contact.

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Not Much Information There..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 22, 2009 3:10 AM PDT

If they're not in your Contacts, where are you seeing the email addresses?

Which operating system are you using?

Which email client are you using? Outlook Express? MS Outlook? Webmail of some type? Something else?

What are you doing now to remove the addresses and why isn't it working?

Hope this helps and let us know more.


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Orphan emails
by Torteval2 / March 22, 2009 4:19 AM PDT

When addressing an email the names will come up as a prompt I suspect because that person has at some time emailed me and the address has lodged in my computer.

XP is my operating system using MS Outlook as my email client.

The only way to delete is through the address book but as I have said these emails are not stored in the Outlook address book.

Look forward to any thoughts

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Sounds Like AutoComplete..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 22, 2009 8:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Orphan emails

On Windows XP, click on Start-Control Panel-Internet Options-General tab, then click on the "Delete" button in the "Browsing History" section. Once there, click on the "Delete Forms" and "Delete Passwords" button, then the "Close" button in that window.. Now, while still in the "Internet Options" window, click on the "Content" tab, then click on the "Settings", and UNCHECK all boxes if you want to prevent Autocomplete from running in the future.

Hope this helps.


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0rphan email address
by Torteval2 / March 27, 2009 5:24 PM PDT

Hi Griff

Thanks for the advice, Ron hit the nail right on the head can now delete to my hearts content



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Orphan e-mail address!
by RonS [WINDOWS-TEAM] / March 25, 2009 4:26 AM PDT

Hi Torteval2,

This is a common problem, with a pretty simple solution:
First, open up a new message and begin typing the names that you wish to delete (say, if you start typing in Dave Simpson and Dan O?Reily keeps popping up as you?re typing). Once the drop down list shows up, select the unwanted name or e-mail address by using the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW keys. When you?re on the name you want deleted, hit DELETE.

Hope this helps. If you need more info, type ?autofill? or ?autocomplete? in the Help section for Outlook.

Windows Outreach Team

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Orphan emails address
by Torteval2 / March 27, 2009 5:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Orphan e-mail address!

Hi Ron

Thanks your remedy sorted the problem so easy when you know how!



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