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Windows Live Hotmail's auto-complete feature selects from every address you've corresponded with by default. I'll show you how to restrict it some.
How do I get Hotmail Live to stop auto completing a sent to name when I type in just the first letter and NEVER added that name to my contacts?
I don't use Hotmail that often, but in researching this a little I can see that it could get pretty annoying pretty fast. Especially if you correspond with a lot of people who aren't in your address book.
Fortunately, there's a setting for that.
We can't turn it off, but we can turn it down a notch.
It's (currently) in a not very obvious place: in your Privacy Settings. (I say currently because Hotmail does like to change things.)
Login to Hotmail and click on the Options menu:
Then click on the More Options... item:
Underneath "Customizing Hotmail" click on Advanced privacy settings:
On the resulting page is a section labeled "Auto-complete suggestions":
Here you have two choices:
Give suggestions for anyone I've communicated with (contacts and non-contacts)
Only suggest people in my contact list
Unfortunately "don't make suggestions" is not currently an option.
To turn down the noise, make sure that "Only select people in my contact list" is selected.
Click on Save, and you're done.
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