Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a problem with Mail and I don't know how it happened. I somehow accidentally added several names for one email address. Now these names are displayed randomly. This problem is driving me crazy. Each time I send an email I'm obligated to check three times to whom am I sending that email by clicking the name and confirming the email. How can I edit or delete the names behind and email address?


Here is the screenshot when I open new mail message: enter image description here

Then I start typing (pressing "d") the e-mail, list of hints pops-up:

enter image description here

notice that the value that pops up is

" (Admin" and when I press "Enter" it gives the following picture

enter image description here:

In other words, when I look at that address after pressing enter it shows me that I'm sending email to "Admin" with an email "" though in fact the email is sent to other address It means that my email address has a name that contains other person's name and email. The biggest problem is that email contains several names which swap each time and confusing me...

share|improve this question
You also might want to check out the Previous Recipients list in the Window menu. You can delete the problem addresses there too so they don't autocomplete. – Richard Jan 17 '12 at 21:23
Golly it worked!!!!! It was the problem with previous recipients!!!! – Lu4 Jan 17 '12 at 22:55
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Check the previous recipients list in Mail. Choose the Window > Previous Recipients menu item, and scroll or search to locate the unwanted name/address combinations. From this list you can add entries to Address Book, or remove from previous recipients. This list is populated and updated every time you send an email.

share|improve this answer
Thank you very much!!! – Lu4 Jan 17 '12 at 22:55

There should be different contacts for each name in your Address

Select the unwanted contact and hit to delete.

share|improve this answer
There are no contacts associated with this email in address, I've made several pictures to describe the problem more clearly... – Lu4 Jan 17 '12 at 22:33

Your best bet is to open Address Book, search for the email address and delete the incorrect contacts.

share|improve this answer

I had same problem. In my address book, I found a number of email addresses (rather than people's names) showing as contacts. Whenever I opened one of those, I'd find MANY email addresses listed along with it. I had to delete all of those contacts manually. This did not delete the emails where correctly linked to the people's names in my address book. Usually these email address contact were found at the end of each letter's alphabetical listing. It has solved the problem.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.