Removing Unwanted Email Addresses in Mac Mail

When you type and email address in Mail, you will get some suggestions that include your Contacts and also a list of previous recipients. Some of these addresses may be old or ones you don't wish to see anymore. You can delete them using the Previous Recipients list in Mail.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Removing Unwanted Email Addresses in Mac Mail”

    Nancy
    3 years ago

    Hi ,
    This was very helpful – thanks ! Having recently upgraded to Sierra I can’t figure out something in Mail I used to do . How can I easily pick multiple address to send to ?? In this tutorial on the “previous address screen u said to hold down
    command or shift and I can pick multiple addresses to delete – cool . How can I do that to select multiple address to send to ? Thanks ! Nancy

    3 years ago

    Nancy: In the “To” field, start typing their names one at a time. So “a… b…” and then you see “Abby Smith” and hit Return. Then the next name “d… a…” and you see “David Jones” and hit Return, etc. That’s the best way to do it. There is no list that responds to Command or Shift for multiple selections.

    Paula LeBouton
    3 years ago

    Thank you for the clear explanation. I take it the removal would not be able to be done on the ipad?
    Will removing the old email addresses on my imac also remove them from my ipad?

    Richard Fuhr
    3 years ago

    If an unwanted email address is removed from the “Previous Recipients” list in the Mail app on the Mac, does that entry still remain in the Contacts app (unless and until the user decides to directly remove it from Contacts)?

    3 years ago

    Richard: They are completely separate things in that respect. Removing a name from the Previous Recipients list will not affect your Contacts database.

    3 years ago

    Paula: I don’t think the previous recipients lists are shared between devices. But try and see. You remove them in a completely different way on the iPad, by typing the name in the To field, tapping on the “I” button, and choosing Remove From Recents.

    kerry mong
    3 years ago

    Very useful tip.Have been trying for ages to remove pesky unwanted addresses.thanks for the tutorial.

    Jimmy
    3 years ago

    Thanks. A very helpful tip

    Dennis Craig
    3 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks!

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