Recently Used Addresses in Windows Mail

This will show you how delete one or all 'Recently Used Addresses' in Windows Mail.
How to Remove a Single Address or Reset the Entire List of Recently Used Addresses in Windows Mail

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Be sure to close Windows Mail before doing this.

Reset Entire List of Recently Used Addresses

NOTE: This will delete and clear the list.
1. To Reset Recently Used Addresses -
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​

2. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
3. Right click on the downloaded .reg file, and click on Merge.​
4. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
5. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​

Manually Remove Recently Used Addresses

1. In the white search box on the start menu, type: regedit Hit Enter. Click Continue at the prompt.
2. Go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Recently Used Addresses

3. I highly recommend exporting this key to the desktop to save until your sure everything worked right.
4. You can delete the entire key and that will reset Auto Complete. You’ll be starting with a fresh slate.
5. You can look through the list to find one that you wish to delete. To do this double click on one of the keys on the right. { | } a b c d e f g h I j k …. On the right side of this pop-up you can see the name and/or email address in that entry. You will have to look through them all to find the one you want.
NOTE: The entry may be there more than once.

6. When you find the one you want, click cancel and then right click on that entry and select delete.
7. Close Regedit.
That should do it.


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Easy Removal of Individual Email Addresses from AutoComplete

I wanted to share a great utility I found that might apply to the "How to remove a single address... in Windows Mail" tutorial/post. Although I don't use Windows Mail (I use Outlook 2007), I can't see why this wouldn't work for those that do. The utility is called NK2View and its basically for editing or deleting/rebuilding of the autocomplete feature in Outlook. I wanted to clean out my old email addresses but save some important ones without totally deleting the NK2 file in the Outlook folder. This utility does that very easily and safely. Works perfectly in Vista x64. Here's the link:

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