Gmail (Google Mail) likes to collect every email address that you send mail to. After a while, when you start to type an email address, many of the addresses it prompts you with are wrong. If you’re not careful, your email goes astray and you get replies like “You’re lucky I saw this! I don’t check that address much any more.”
Clean up bad email addresses
This method gets rid of the bad addresses Gmail has collected so far. See the next section for how to stop Gmail from collecting more of them.
Gmail displays a list of your contacts. Several lists are available, including any Gmail groups you’ve created. The display defaults to the last list you looked at, or to “My contacts.” Use the tabs in the left pane to switch to “Other contacts;” this is where Google stores email addresses that it automatically collects.
Stop Gmail from automatically collecting email addresses
Wouldn’t it be nice if Gmail automatically collected just the email addresses you wanted to keep? So far, they haven’t figured that one out; it’s all or nothing!
Personally, to avoid getting prompted with wrong addresses, I’m willing to manually collect my email addresses. This is easy to do (see the next section). And it’s easy to change your mind later.
Here’s how I stopped automatic collection:
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save changes.”
Collect email addresses yourself
Here’s a quick way to add a sender’s address to your address book:
- In the open e-mail, mouse over the sender’s name or address. Gmail displays a box of information about the sender.
- In the bottom left corner of the box, click Add to contacts.