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Migrating Apple Mail’s email-address autocomplete list to a new computer

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We recently upgraded the OSX on one of our mac computers from 10.8 to 10.9.2. It was a clean install, we erased everything and then installed the Mavericks on it. I backed up this file "~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/MailRecents-v4.abcdmr" as we wanted the existing autocomplete list to work with new mail on OSX Mavericks.

After setting up the apple mail on OSX mavericks, I copied that file to the same location. But, the autocomplete doesnt seem to work. It will not auto populate the list of email addresses once we start typing names in the 'To' field.

Also, this user doesnt maintain an address book and she completely relied on auto-complete feature for populating email addresses. Can you please help?

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I believe that Mavericks now stores the autocomplete information in:

~/Library/Containers/com.apple.corerecents.recentsd/Data/Library/Recents/Recents
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Too bad you didn't keep a copy of the old drive. You could have used Migration Assistant to move the data over. Might keep that in mind for next time.
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Here is a hint on how to export the MailRecents-v4.abcdmr to a .csv file, which you could then presumably import into Contacts.

http://www.theory.bham.ac.uk/staff/schofield/osx/previous_recipients
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Thank you strung. Your response guided me in the correct direction and then  I used SQLite for firefox to export MailRecents-v4.abcdmr file to a csv file, which I then imported into the Address Book. So, AutoComplete works fine now. I followed instructions mentioned in the article below:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2789435

Also, just out of curiosity, can we copy MailRecents-v4.abcdmr file to the new location ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.corerecents.recentsd/Data/Library/Recents/Recents on osx mavericks? If yes, then what do we rename it to?

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Sorry, but I don't know the answer to that last question.
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