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I am trying to delete a friend's old email address so it doesn't automatically pop up when I enter his name while addressing an email. I have removed it manually from the address book, but it still shows up in Mail.

How do I stop this happening?

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  1. Fire up a "New Message" from the File menu (or use command + N)
  2. Begin typing the address
  3. When Mail starts to complete the address you want, hit the Return key to tell Mail to go ahead and auto-complete the address
  4. Hover the mouse pointer over the address; a blue arrow will show up on the right hand side.
  5. Click on the arrow, which brings up a drop-down menu. The menu contains several options, one of which is "Remove address." Click it, and it will remove the address from auto-complete.
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Thank you, worked beautifully! –  Peggy Feb 14 '12 at 4:51
@Peggy Please can you accept this answer when it resolves your problem! –  Tim Feb 14 '12 at 12:36
@Peggy, it's important to accept answers that work for you. It's what makes this system work. Please read about accepting answers. –  SSteve Feb 16 '12 at 17:56
The "Remove address" option simply removes the address from the recipients of the current e-mail. What you want (if it is present) is the "Remove from Previous Recipients List" option. If it is not present, the auto-complete address is coming from your Contacts (Address Book) and must be removed from there. –  Alex Dupuy Aug 22 '12 at 12:18
@AlexDupuy that is not exactly correct, at least in 10.6.8. "Remove from Previous Recipients" only shows up as an option if the person was never in your address book to begin with. In either case, "Remove Address" is present and is the permanent solution. –  soxman Aug 26 '12 at 5:56

Under Mail's "Window" menu select "Previous Recipients" and you can delete any address you don't want.

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Note that this menu option was added in Lion, and is not present in (Snow) Leopard or earlier releases. See support.apple.com/kb/PH4891?viewlocale=en_US –  Alex Dupuy Aug 22 '12 at 12:19

I just wanted to add a note here that it is apparently not possible to delete previous recipients on iOS.

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