Previous Recipients

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When sending email, does your Mac auto-complete the wrong address?  The Previous Recipients Window can fix that!

Every time you send an email message using the Mail application on your Mac, that address is added to a list that contains the recipient’s name, email address, date last used and whether that entry is in your Contacts application.

While having the auto-complete feature is very convenient when sending to email addresses that you frequently use, it can be annoying when an incorrect or outdated email address comes up.

Here’s how to fix it:

  1. In Mail, select Windows from the pull down menu
  2. Select Previous Recipients and a new window will open
  3. Select the problem entry and then click on the “Remove From List” button in the bottom left corner.

You can also add an entry to your Contacts by clicking on the button in the lower right corner.  To sort the Previous Recipients window, click on the column header (Name, Email, Last Used).  Click on the small triangle to change the order of the list up or down.

If you are composing or reading an email, a click on the triangle next to the address will offer the option to “Remove from Previous Recipients List”  in the pull-down menu that appears.


3 Ways to Speed up your Mac

  1. Clean up your Desktop
    The fewer the icons on your Desktop, the less time it will take your Mac to display Finder.  Those milliseconds add up.
  2. Invest in more RAM
    Check out to see if your Mac is eligible to add RAM, often for $100 or less.
  3. Free up space on your hard drive
    Use “Get Info” to see how much available space is left on your drive.  If less than 15%, delete unused files to speed up your Mac.

Update versus Upgrade

What’s the difference between an update and an upgrade?

An update is software, usually downloaded from the Internet for no charge, that corrects problems or improves an application or the Mac OS X.  Security Updates are especially important because they protect your Mac from bad code or malicious intent.  Don’t always select “Later” when prompted by your Mac to install an update.  Installing updates usually take just a few minutes.  Staying current will keep your Mac running well.

An upgrade can be software or hardware.  An upgrade is replacing an application, computer or one of its components with a newer version that offers an improvement on the existing version.  Software upgrades often include a version number.  Most Mac computers last long enough to be eligible for a software upgrade in their lifetime.

It is important not to get more than two revisions behind with the Mac OS X. The current version is 10.9.  If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier, you probably already know it’s time to upgrade.  Many of the features that Mac a great platform, such as iCloud, won’t work with the older OS.

Some OS upgrades are minor and offer fewer new features.  These are generally considered a maintenance upgrade, such as from 10.8 to 10.9.  However, some OS upgrades are very disruptive and require new versions of applications or hardware, such as 10.6 to 10.7.  Verify what versions of hardware and software are required before installing any upgrades or buying new hardware.

And always backup before an upgrade.



Dru Mogge
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