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Windows 7: Outlook 2010 - editing to address

26 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
Outlook 2010 - editing to address

So I typed an address in my To: and tabbed down to type my message. The address is validated and underlined as I'm typing my email, but I noticed I typo'd the address. Now I go back up to the address in the To: field to fix it (delete 1 character) and I can't seem to edit it? If I right click I can bring up an Outlook contact card, where it can't be edited. Or I can bring it up in a Outlook contacts page but it can't be edited there either - and it wants me to save as an outlook contact there which I don't want to do for this one off address.

In OL 2007 you just dbl clicked on the underlined address in the To: and it popped up with a dialog box that allowed you to change the address and the display name.

Is there something I can do to get that behavior back?

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27 Jun 2010   #2

WinXP / Win 7 / Win 8.1 64bit Dual Boot

"Highlight" the entire typo'd address in the To: typing field
Right Click and review available options to edit
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27 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64

That doesn't solve it. In OL 2007 your could right click and have an option to click on properties which would get you the dialog. Not in 2010. Your options are Cut, Copy, Clear, Add to OL Contacts, Look Up OL Contacts and Contact card (which just brings it up in a dialog box you can't edit in). I don't want to put the address in my contacts.
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28 Jun 2010   #4

WinXP / Win 7 / Win 8.1 64bit Dual Boot

I was thinking that you wanted to edit the "To:" because of a typo!
When I do that I just select "clear" and retype (correctly) the one off email address.
Never did 2007 went from 2003 straight t0 2010
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28 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Hiya and welcome

Am I right in thinking your talking about the "auto complete" option in the "TO" section? If so you might want to have a read of this

How to reset the nickname and the automatic completion caches in Outlook
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28 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64

No, sorry not autocomplete. And yes I do want to just correct the address I typed in. And yes, I can retype the whole address again, but what a pain. Shouldn't have to do that to change one letter - never used to have to. Ok, I'm whining, I don't typo that often, but I don't like new versions to make things more difficult. It would be even better if you could do the correction right from the To: line but I believe it was OL2007 that started with the properties dialog box that popped open where you could edit the address and display name. Now I don't even get that.

Thanks for the comments so far...
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29 Jun 2010   #7

WinXP / Win 7 / Win 8.1 64bit Dual Boot

OK, on my installation when I have a typo I can left click into the typed address, just like in Microsoft word and delete, retype as many characters as I want, etc. I don't necessarily have to retype the entire email address. I just tried this out on my outlook just to make sure. Before I made this post
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29 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64

You can do that while you're actually typing but not after you've gone down to the message and it has underlined (checked) the To: address. Also can't edit it if you are resending the email. Try it the way I described in the first post and let me know if it works for you? I just get the mini-contact display box.
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29 Jun 2010   #9

WinXP / Win 7 / Win 8.1 64bit Dual Boot

Yep, see what you mean no edit possible after you get the underline on the address box.
Will put this up on Technet forum and see if MS guys respond.
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18 Aug 2010   #10


I have to agree. This is another annoying step backward from Microsoft.

Someone decided to make typing a simple email address so complicated that they stop you from being able to edit it if you make a typo.

Has anyone found a solution to this annoying negative feature in Outlook 2010?
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