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Prevent Outlook Express from automatically adding contacts to your address book

Outlook Express suggesting contact email addresses from address book As you may know from previous tutorials, you can create new contacts from the address book or add a contact from an email message. But Outlook Express comes with a built-in feature, enabled by default, which makes it automatically add to your address book and AutoComplete list (the suggested email addresses that popup as you type email recipients in a new email window), which takes care of populating your address book with new contacts behind the scenes.

This is a useful shortcut if you don't correspond with too many recipients; but if you are a receptionist, a tech support or customer service representative, in sales, or any role that entails replying to anonymous people as part of your everyday email activity), this feature can actually become a burden, since you don't necessarily want all these people automatically added to your address book. Fortunately, Outlook Express allows you to turn off this feature, as we'll explain in this tutorial.

Turn off automatically creating new address book contacts

Follow these steps to disable the auto-add feature in Outlook Express:

That's how you can keep in check this double-edge sword - obviously, you can have this feature disabled at work, but enabled in your copy of Outlook Express at home, where you likely have much less email traffic and correspondents to worry about! You can re-enable it at any time, following the steps outlined above, but contacts to whom you replied will not be added to your address book (the feature is not retroactive, in other words).

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Tutorial last updated on December 3, 2011
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