Microsoft® Outlook Auto Complete Not Working
The auto complete is the feature offered by the Microsoft Outlook software application for the users while typing the e-mail addresses. The auto complete is enabled upon the software by default and will start storing the various e-mail address used by the people from the initial stage itself. As a result the auto complete cache will help the user to complete typing the addresses by suggesting the names. But on some occasions the feature stops working. The cause of the issue may be any kind of corruption of the software files or due to any kind of malfunctioning. The disabling of the feature due to the user interactions can also causes the issue. The clearing of the auto complete or nick name auto complete cache will also results in the not working issue. If the user removed a particular nick name from the cache, then the auto complete feature will not appear for the next time while the user starts typing the name. The deletion of the .NK2 file is also a reason for the not working of the Outlook auto complete feature.
Discussed below are some tips to fix the issue of auto complete function not working:
- Enable the feature on the Microsoft Outlook application
- Reinstall the Microsoft Outlook software
- Alternate tips to fix the issues
Enable the Feature on the Microsoft Outlook Application
The auto complete feature is enabled on the application by default. But the feature may get disabled accidentally due to the user interaction and causes not working of the auto complete option. For enabling the feature, the user should open the Outlook application window and select 'Tools' option. On the 'Preferences' tab at the 'Options' window, click on the e-mail options. Under the advanced e-mail options, check whether the 'Suggest names while completing To, Cc, and Bcc fields' check box is selected. If not, choose the option and exit the wizard.
Reinstall the Microsoft Outlook Software
If the Microsoft Outlook software is corrupted, then the features included with the application may not work. The user can then choose the option to uninstall the existing software and install a new one. The user can either choose the repair installation of the same software or can install new version of the Outlook application. This will resolve the not working issues of the auto complete feature upon the Microsoft Outlook application.
Alternate Tips to Fix the Issues
If the user clears the auto complete cache, then the suggestions will not appear while typing the addresses next time. The issue is not a problem since the cache is empty and the application only starts the storage of the cache names. The absence of the .NK2 files causes the issue since the file is responsible for storing the addresses. But actually the file not absent, the cache file is hidden in nature and will be present at the Microsoft Outlook folder in the system itself.
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