Mail -> automatic fill email addresses (check names)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by d82k, May 7, 2012.

  1. d82k macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Dear All,

    I use max os x, with Mail 5.2 (1257).
    It is ok, but I really miss the feature "check names" ctrl+k of Outlook.
    I synchronize all my gmail contacts with the contact list app (address book) provided within mac os x 10.7.

    How can i make mail to lookup names inside the contact list, simply by typing names or partial email address?

    Thank you for your kind reply.

    Have a nice day,
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    E-mail addresses and names in your address book auto-fill with Mail's best guess.
  3. d82k thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Hi miles01110,

    thank you for your reply but...
    actually it does not.. I have done several tests, for example writing contact name and surname, when i try to send the email a warning banner saying "name surname doesn't seem a valid email address, do you want to send it anyway?"

    any advices?

    thank you
  4. d82k thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2011

    no one has any other ideas or suggestions?

  5. shwc, May 24, 2012
    Last edited: May 24, 2012

    shwc macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2005
    I assure you mail does automatically complete the email address as you type the name or address. Make sure you have enabled the function in mail preferences (in mail, click on the "mail' menu at the top of the screen, select preferences, click on the "composing" tab/icon, click the check box next to "automatically complete addresses" listing. Note: you do not need to do anything with the "configure LADP" option, leave as default (i.e., blank field if you click on it).

    Edit: note that Mail continuoulsy builds its lookup data base from the email addresses and names in your contacts (address book), as well as from addresses and names pulled from the "from" field (and "To" field?) from emails you receive.

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  6. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    One thing to note is that you can't just type the name and move on. You do have to "select" the lookup entry either by pressing enter/return or clicking in order for Mail to recognize it as a contact list entry.
  7. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    OS X Mail is built for HOME use. So in Mail go to Mail's menu item 'Window' and select 'Previous Receipts'.

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