How to remove or edit contacts in Outlook 2003

Posted on 2009-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
In Outlook 2003

While typing an e-mail, at the time to specify the "TO" box, the auto fill kicks in, an I cannot seem to be able to change the alias of the email.

For example: If I start to type. J then the auto fill kicks in and type:  
Jean <>

I what to edit it to display as:
Jean Martin <>

If I place the cursor on top, I got a grey dot...If I click on it and go to "Outlook" properties I have a dialog box that let me enter the way that I would like to be displayed, but for certain reasons it does not keep my changes!

What I am doing wrong?
Is it possible to do it?

Question by:George
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    Expert Comment

    The auto complete entries are contained in the Outlook.NK2 file.  Outlook does not write changes to that file until Outlook is closed.  Close and reopen Outlook and then try.

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    Assisted Solution

    by:Dhiraj Mutha
    As per my knowledge, you cannot edit those as these are in cache. What you have to do is delete them and add a new one.
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello jguinard,

    Pre Outlook 2007: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\*.nk2 | Outlook 2007: C:\users\username\appdata\roaming\microsoft\outlook\*.nk2 | May require files to be unhidden. |  | To View/Edit NK2 Files try which is a free utility see:

    Edit the relevant entry for your extra data and re-import to outlook - see the home page for details.

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    Assisted Solution

    I'll explain how the autocomplete cache works. The autocomplete cache is also known as the nickname cache, and is stored as a hidden file in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.NK2 if you use Outlook 2002/2003. It has a limit of 1000 of the most recently used addresses, and new addresses are not added to it until you end the current Outlook session. There is a registry key you can edit to control the size of the nickname cache in Outlook2002. Managing the nickname cache is easy. If you have a mistyped address in your cache you can use the arrow keys to select the address and press Delete to remove it. Or you can delete the existing NK2 file to completely clear the cache and start with a clean cache file.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you everyone, I think I have it cleaned for now...Finally!


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