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Gmail keeps populating the To field with an out of date e-mail address that I no longer contact.

The email address isn't in my address book but I did use it a lot previously (the contact has since changed company and email address).

How do I tell Gmail to never show it to me again?

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Delete his email address from Other Contacts under Gmail Contacts.

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    I have deleted the contact but when I go back to Gmail and type the first letter the name with the whole email address appear in the search box. – user25575 Oct 12 '12 at 8:52
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    @dhaval Reload Gmail and search your contacts for the email address to make sure you really got rid of it. – William Jackson Oct 12 '12 at 12:04
  • google: a shortcut similar to the one use to delete a suggested url would be handy (ctrl+del) – JinSnow Aug 24 '16 at 8:20
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    In case anyone thinks they're going crazy, this doesn't ALWAYS work. I have an email that is!not!in!my!contacts! and can not be made to go away. – tbone Mar 31 '18 at 16:27
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Remember that anyone you reply to in GMail gets a contact record created for them!

To remove an unwanted autocomplete email address in GMail, remove the unwanted contact record.

  • Select "contacts" from the drop-down menu at the top left.

    GMail contacts menu

  • search for the unwanted contact in your address book by typing their name (or email, type it as you usually do in the to: field) in the search box

    GMail contacts search

  • open the contact, then use the "more" menu at the top middle to select delete.

    GMail delete contact

Once the contact is deleted, the autocomplete in the to: field for that contact name/email will no longer occur.

(sorry Blake Edwards, you were merely the example! No offense intended!)

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    As of March 2018, this no longer works in all cases. – tbone Mar 31 '18 at 16:29
  • worked April 2019, did refresh GMail page after making changes. In what circumstance did it not work? – rob Apr 29 at 12:15
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Go to Contacts then search for the email address, select it, and delete it. It is probably under "All Contacts" and pops up because you used it frequently in the past.

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