Remove Previous Recipients from OS X Mail sometimes is a little too smart, especially when it comes to completing addresses as you type them in the address fields.

When you send an email to someone stores it in a list called Previous Recipients. Then, each time you send an email, the software tries to guess who you want to send an email to as you type it in. This generally works well. If, however, you have old email addresses that you know longer use, it will sometimes show up first in the completion field. This adds a few extra keystrokes to finding the right recipient, slowing you down.

It is however possible to clean up this list. This is one of those tips that is super easy but bugged me for sometime until I found it.

  • Open
  • Choose Window -> Previous Recipients.

Inside this window you can do a number of things including:

  • Adding a recipient to your address book
  • Removing them from the list

Your turn!
Do you have any cool tips or tricks? Tell us about it in the comments! If you include your Twitter handle, I’ll follow you back.

About Joe Cotellese

Joe is the founder of Learning OS X. He's often spending way too much time playing with new Mac software in order to improve his ability at "Getting Things Done."


  1. Good tip. I’ve been wondering how to do this. thanks.

  2. Awesome article once again! Thanks a lot!

  3. how can i permanently configure it such that mail doesn’t remember previous recipients? i am happy with the names in my address book.

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