Outlook – Autocomplete a Recipient’s Name

I’ve been offline for too long so I’m hoping to correct that starting now.  Here’s a topic I wanted to mention a while back when I bought a new PC for my wife.  She uses Outlook a lot for email, and when I setup Outlook on her new PC, she was not happy that her autocomplete entries were gone whenever she typed a new email.  She liked to be able to start typing a person’s name and have Outlook “fill in the blank” so to speak.

After a little research, I found out that Outlook stores its autocomplete info in an .nk2 file (Outlook Contacts Nicknames).  A quick search of her old PC (running Windows XP) located the file in C:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.  On Windows Vista, the file is located at C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook.  Rename the.nk2 file on the new PC, copy the old .nk2 file to the proper location, restart Outlook and you should have your autocomplete entries back.

FYI, my work was done with Outlook 2003.  Microsoft references this procedure in an article for Outlook 2003 titled “Copy Autocomplete name list to another computer.”

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