How to enable or disable autocomplete feature in Outlook 2003
Autocomplete can be defined as a productivity feature in Outlook 2003 that helps users by auto filling e-mail addresses when the users type some letters. Autocomplete is capable of suggesting e-mail addresses from a system file that is hidden. This hidden file contains contacts of people who are not in the contacts list. While e-mail address is being assigned autocomplete suggests a list based on your entry so that you can add it by just hitting the tab or change the selection by using the arrow keys. Autocomplete shows matches as soon as the first letter or the first two letters are typed in. This feature can function only in To, Cc and Bcc fields.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to have a clear idea on Outlook 2003 autocomplete:
- Benefits of autocomplete in Outlook 2003
- Enable autocomplete in Outlook 2003
- Disable autocomplete in Outlook 2003
Benefits of Autocomplete in Outlook 2003
The feature of autocomplete in Outlook 2003 is able to automatically complete the e-mail addresses by making use of the information from the previously used addresses. This saves the time of the users and also reduces the typing effort of the users. As the user starts typing in the characters of e-mail address, matches are automatically found. In cases of multiple matches, a drop down menu will be displayed from which the user can select the required address.
Enable Autocomplete in Outlook 2003
Autocomplete can be turned on by adding or transferring contacts from a previous version to Outlook 2003. Autocomplete requires sufficient data for functioning. Choose ‘Options’ by clicking on ‘Tools’. From the 'Preferences' tab select ‘E-mail Options’ and check ‘Suggest names while completing To, Cc and Bcc fields’ box. Click ‘Ok’ twice and again to exit windows Click ‘Ok’ once again and close Outlook. The application can be reopened with the feature of auto complete being enabled.
Disable Autocomplete in Outlook 2003
The autocomplete feature in Outlook 2003 can be disabled if you do not want Outlook 2003 to automatically complete the names while the mails are composed. Click ‘Tools’ and select the ‘Options’ so that a multi-tabbed dialogue box is opened. Go to the ‘Preferences’ tab and click on ‘E-mail options’. You will then find an ‘Advanced E-mail Options’ dialogue box where you have to uncheck ‘Suggest names while completing To, Cc and Bcc fields’ box. Then click ‘OK’ three times and now the disabling process is complete.
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