Avoid Autocomplete Mishaps

Sometimes things that were created to make your work easier can actually create problems. The thing that comes to my mind is autocomplete in text messages. But another huge one is the autocomplete function in Apple’s mail app. This can easily cause you to send emails to unintended parties. This occurs if you are entering an email address into the “to” field and it has the first couple letters as an address in your address book, it will autocomplete that address for you. This may be helpful, but it may cause problems as well.

Autocomplete embarrassments

Obviously, if you do not double check the “to” field before sending the email it might go to the wrong person. You may say, but I don’t have that many people I email. Well, you may not realize that you may have a number of old contacts in your address book that you never email. Brian Sawyer discussed this problem on the O’Reilly Answers website. This issue may cause you to send a crucial business email to someone you never speak to, and you may never even know it.  The person you meant to send it to won’t ever receive it and an email containing sensitive information could be read by the wrong person.

Removing autocomplete email addresses

Luckily, if you have pinpointed what emails are often being autocompleted, you can eliminate them if you would like. Here is how: In Mail, click the “Window” tab. After picking “Previous Recipients,” search for the email address that you want to get rid of. Highlight it and click “Remove From List.” It’s that easy.

Monitoring is key

Removing an address doesn’t guarantee that it won’t return to your address book. Even collaborating with a person on a Google Doc will add the address to your address book. So, the simplest way to ensure that these confusions don’t happen in the future is to make sure you check your address book, and check the “to” field before clicking “Send.”