moderated Re: Outlook 2016: Is it possible to remove items from the addresses autocompletion list?

Delaunay Christophe

Hi Brian,


Many thanks for this point. Of course, such a user error is easy to make. Therefore, I double-checked whether I pressed the <delete> key and not the <backspace> key.


In fact, my desktop keyboard has two <delete> key. The most useful <delete> key, sometimes referred to as <extended pad delete> is placed on the 6-key pad, just above the arrow keys forming a T with its bar upside instead of downside. The second <delete> key, sometimes referred to <numpad delete> or <numpad .> is right next to the <numpad insert> key. When <numlock> is off, it performs the delete operation and when <numpad> is on, it enters a period.


Although I prefer the <extended pad delete>, during my attempts, I tried both <delete> keys and not the <backspace> key without luck.


My PC is also running windows 10 Entreprise Edition 64-bit although I can’t precisely determine the version number of windows 10 since it is quite new for me. I tried the previously explained attempts three times with three different screen readers: Jaws 2020 version 2020.2001.70, NVDA version 2019.3, and the windows 10 narrator.


Many thanks. Have a nice day. Chris D


From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:34 AM
Subject: Re: Outlook 2016: Is it possible to remove items from the addresses autocompletion list?


On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 12:12 AM, Sieghard Weitzel wrote:

I must, to my shame, admit that last night when I tried it I actually backspaced instead of pressing delete after typing a letter.

And you have my eternal gratitude for having come out and reported this.  I was sorely tempted to ask at one point whether those who tried the instructions were sure they used the DEL key and not Backspace.  Conflating the two in contexts where trying to delete via keyboard is not at all uncommon.  Since it's so common to backspace out characters to delete them the two keys often become synonymous with each other.

Using the DEL key to remove an address entry from the autocomplete list has been around for as long as I can remember.  But I also find that many people beoome very hostile when the concept of "user error" is introduced.  Each and every one of us has committed user error way more than one time, and that's why it's always worth taking a second look as to whether instructions were followed to the letter.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363  

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