Shew. My life is renewed.

If you’re an Outlook user, you’re probably annoyed sometimes by the fact that the “autocomplete” email address feature just plain-out doesn’t behave predictably. You type in “Greta” or “Melanie” (without the quotes, of course) to write a couple of your co-workers and they don’t show up. You know they’re in there somewhere, so you check your “Filed” emails. You discover that their emails will only show up if you enter the first initial of their *last* name. Haunted. Over time, you kind of memorize which of your friends show up when you type “Lucas” and which ones need “Doug.” And then there are the addresses that start with various marks like, “<” or the single ‘ apostrophe or the quotation mark “. I’m telling you, it’s almost enough to make you switch to something on a Mac (if it weren’t for the fact that when it works, it works great!). (And notice I said, “Almost.” :-) )

 

Finally, an end to the madness.

 

NK2Edit is a utility that lets you edit the autocomplete file (something Outlook completely forgot). You can clear up confusion, type in what you *wish* would have been there, delete, or even add entries. Learn more at…

 

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

 

Download it here:

 

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nk2edit_setup.exe

 

The program is NK2Edit. There’s no Trojan included and it’s completely free for personal or non-profit use forever. No annual payment. No spam. No malware.

 

Note the caveats:

*** You have to make sure Outlook isn’t running before you hit “save”. See, for example,…

 

http://news.office-watch.com/t/n.aspx?articleid=515&zoneid=4

 

*** You will probably want to edit the “Display name” only. The other fields won’t help you.

 

Relief to the madness. :-)

 

Now here’s the final conclusion: Why are we humans wired in such a way that, sometimes, finding a little utility like that seems to act as a pressure relief valve, tapping into a “relief” we didn’t know we needed? What *causes* us to be bothered by something so small, … and how can something so simple cause us to be so rescued? If you have answers — or if you can identify — please comment below. Maybe we can figure out the human race here, sooner or later. :-)

 

Doug

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