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Remove Email Addresses from GMail Auto-Complete List

I had someone ask how to get rid of email addresses from the auto-complete list in GMail.  I did some searching and found a couple of solutions that I could piece together to finally get the results I was looking for.  The solution is not straight-forward, but its not complicated either.  Basically there are three steps…

  1. Delete the contact from your contacts list.  If you want to keep the contact but not have one of its email addresses show up in the auto-complete list, just edit the contact and remove the email address you don’t want.
  2. Search ALL MAIL for the email address you don’t want.  When you have the results, delete them all.  If you don’t do this, the email address will continue to appear in the list… sorry, but I have not found a work-around for this!
  3. Lastly, empty the trash folder to permanently remove the emails that reference the email address.

Refresh you GMail page and you should be good to go! I hope this works for you as it did for me.  If there are alternative solutions you know of please just drop me a line!  :)

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  1. September 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm | #1

    thank you – I really appreciate it!

  2. Julian Quattlebaum
    February 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm | #2

    The most important step, which isn’t mentioned here, is that you have to log off gmail and then log back on. Just refreshing your inbox isn’t enough.

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