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November 9, 2009

Outlook: Sending to the Wrong Email Address

Filed under: General @ 2:31 pm

One of my friends sends an email message to me telling me about their great new job and letting me know that they have a new email address. I dutifully update my Outlook Address book and fix the address.

Five unanswered emails later, I realize that I have been sending email to the WRONG email address. Even though I fixed my Outlook Address book, the Outlook Most Recently Used (MRU) list still has the OLD email address. What’s to be done?

Then Beth Massi shared with me an Outlook tip that I want to pass along: You can delete items from the MRU in Outlook!

Say I am typing in John’s name:


If I am not watching closely, I will send it to the wrong address again (

To prevent this mistake:

  1. Highlight the incorrect address.
  2. Press the Del key.

The unwanted MRU entry is then deleted.



  1.   Richard Pawson — November 10, 2009 @ 4:09 am    Reply

    Very helpful tip, Deborah. It’s a pity the same thing doesn’t work for auto-complete fields on the browser.

    (I was once completing a UserName and Password dialog and didn’t hit Tab properly between the fields, so my password got typed in in plain text alongside the username. The next time I was logging on – in a demo – up came the suggestions drop-down complete with the UserName+Password combination, for all to read!)

  2.   Maeea — January 20, 2010 @ 8:08 pm    Reply

    I t just happened to me yesterday, when I had to send complete PRICE LIST to a client. I sent it to their boss, and CC to his secretary. But the email address that I put in the CC turned out to be the same name from different company!!!

    My boss sent me a big “?????????” to my desk about this the next morning.

    I really need to fix my database!

    Thanks Deborah, nice tips!

  3.   zlatan24 — May 2, 2010 @ 2:46 am    Reply

    Some days ago I were importing outlook contacts to outlook express. But something happened with my contacts. As things turned out all of them were lost. Fortunately I called my friend-programmer up and he advised me – repair .wab. The program helped me for free as far as I remembered.

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