Recently I've installed MS Office 2011 on OS X and setup a few IMAP accounts in Outlook. And it started auto-completing the email addresses in To field right from the start. But now I've installed Outlook 2013 on Win and it doesn't auto-complete anything it just works differently from OS X version.

Can I somehow make it parse my existing emails and get the names from them to the auto-completion list?


Easy. Just create a new message and add all recipients from your contacts to "To" field, after that close this message without saving. That's it, not you'll get all emails in auto-complete cache.


If there are no contacts in Outlook, you can use free Save Addresses from Messages to Contact Folder or Save Addresses from Messages to Contact Group utilities first on your entire mailbox. After that you'll be able to fill the auto-complete cache as described above. You can then delete all contacts created by utilities if needed.

  • The problem is I don't have any contacts in address book. It's empty. But it is empty on OS X too. – ixSci Jul 23 '14 at 15:22
  • Hmm.. So where do you want Outlook to get emails from for autocomplete? – thims Jul 23 '14 at 16:20
  • I'm not sure. Where did it get them on OS X? Somehow it took all addresses on OS X right from the start(I don't have contacts on OS X either) – ixSci Jul 24 '14 at 4:35
  • Ok, just updated the answer to include this case (when there are no contacts) – thims Jul 24 '14 at 10:31

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