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Q: Outlook on PC and predictive name typing not working ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Outlook on PC and predictive name typing not working
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: headsetsdotcom-ga
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Posted: 29 Sep 2002 09:20 PDT
Expires: 29 Oct 2002 08:20 PST
Question ID: 70455
I'm using Outlook on PC. (NOT Outlook Express).  For some reason when
I type the name of who i'm sending the email to, it's not consistent
about the 'predictive typing'.  Some names it types, some it doesn't.
I"ve tried to figure out why - is it because they're in my address
book? is it because i've emailed them before? is it because they've
emailed me?
My question is how can I make the predictive typing work 100%.
Subject: Re: Outlook on PC and predictive name typing not working
Answered By: snapanswer-ga on 29 Sep 2002 11:42 PDT
It appears that auto-completion is based upon addresses that you have
sent to.

This document from the Microsoft appears to confirm this:
OL2002: New Features That Are Available in Outlook 2002;en-us;Q287496

"AutoComplete Addressing: As an e-mail address, e-mail alias, or as an
entered name, Outlook offers to complete the address, alias, or names,
based on addresses, aliases, or names that e-mail messages that you
have previously sent to. This is enabled by default, and you can
disable it by clicking Options on the Tools menu, clicking E-mail
Options on the Preferences tab, and then clicking Advanced E-mail

Search Strategy:  Microsoft Knowledgebase
Searth Terms: type name subject automatic

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Clarification of Answer by snapanswer-ga on 29 Sep 2002 12:15 PDT
I wanted to be certain to address this:
"My question is how can I make the predictive typing work 100%."

The answer is that predictive typing is working 100%, but it is based
upon addresses that you have previously typed in the To:, CC:, and
BCC:.  It sounds like this is not what you have in mind.  Also,
Microsoft Outlook 2002 only "remembers" 1,000 addresses in its cache,
so once you pass that point even addresses you have typed before may
not automatically complete.

In thinking about this further, I began to suspect that you may also
be interested in work-arounds to make Outlook work as you desire.

This article from may be useful to you, in the
auto-resolution section:

I draw your attention to this article in particular:
"Address Auto-Resolution vs. Auto-Complete"
Here tips are provided for Outlook users, who prior to Outlook 2002
had no AutoComplete function of any kind.  They suggest using
nicknames as a work-around.
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