Thunderbird's Collected Addresses

Discussion in 'Apps' started by Fred Moore, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Fred Moore

    Fred Moore Guest

    Thunderbird collects addresses of sent emails to make auto-addressing
    easier, much the same way Apple's Mail.app does with its 'Previous
    Recipients' window. Thunderbird calls them 'Collected Addresses' and the
    preference to collect them is set in
    Preferences->Composition->Addressing->Automatically add outgoing e-mail
    to my Collected Addresses.

    The problem is that I can't find where to *edit* this list to remove
    defunct addresses. Will someone point me in the right direction, please?
    It may well be obvious, but I can't find it. TIA
     
    Fred Moore, Sep 28, 2011
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  2. Fred Moore

    Lewis Guest

    In message <-september.org>
    Fred Moore <> wrote:
    > Thunderbird collects addresses of sent emails to make auto-addressing
    > easier, much the same way Apple's Mail.app does with its 'Previous
    > Recipients' window. Thunderbird calls them 'Collected Addresses' and the
    > preference to collect them is set in
    > Preferences->Composition->Addressing->Automatically add outgoing e-mail
    > to my Collected Addresses.


    > The problem is that I can't find where to *edit* this list to remove
    > defunct addresses. Will someone point me in the right direction, please?
    > It may well be obvious, but I can't find it. TIA


    I think the addresses are saved in history.mab, but I am not sure how
    editable this file is. Make a backup.

    --
    I WILL NOT FAKE RABIES Bart chalkboard Ep. 8F07
    Law of Probability Dispersal: Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly
    distributed.
     
    Lewis, Sep 28, 2011
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  3. Fred Moore

    Fred Moore Guest

    In article <>,
    Lewis <> wrote:

    > In message <-september.org>
    > Fred Moore <> wrote:
    > > Thunderbird collects addresses of sent emails to make auto-addressing
    > > easier, much the same way Apple's Mail.app does with its 'Previous
    > > Recipients' window. Thunderbird calls them 'Collected Addresses' and the
    > > preference to collect them is set in
    > > Preferences->Composition->Addressing->Automatically add outgoing e-mail
    > > to my Collected Addresses.

    >
    > > The problem is that I can't find where to *edit* this list to remove
    > > defunct addresses. Will someone point me in the right direction, please?
    > > It may well be obvious, but I can't find it. TIA

    >
    > I think the addresses are saved in history.mab, but I am not sure how
    > editable this file is. Make a backup.


    Thanks for posting, Lewis. I located history.mab (opened it in BBEdit)
    and it appears that perhaps that is indeed where the Collected Addresses
    are stored, along with a bunch of other stuff. However, the format looks
    sufficiently complicated that I don't think I want to screw with it
    without a dedicated parser app.

    So then I had a 'D'Oh!' moment. I googled 'thunderbird edit collected
    addresses' and came up with this hit which had 2 answers:
    <http://superuser.com/questions/155790/how-to-remove-addresses-from-thund
    erbirds-autocomplete-drop-down>

    Answer 1: 'In Thunderbird 3, open the Address Book [icon appears by
    default in the gray button bar]. There's a section called "Collected
    Addresses". Delete entries from there. Also (this is what tripped me
    up), make sure you don't have an explicit entry for the obsolete email
    address in "Personal Address Book".'

    Answer2: 'This one is about as counter-intuitive as it gets. The trick
    is that you don't delete auto-complete entries from the main Thunderbird
    window -- you delete them from the autocomplete cache as accessible from
    within a new email. * Turn auto-completion on * Open a new email *
    Within the email window, click the Contacts button [not there by
    default; you have to control-click and add it] (should create a pane at
    the left with the list of addresses [the list contains ALL your
    addresses, so you have to sort through all of them to find the bad
    ones]) * Delete the entry you don't want.'

    Answer 1 seems to be the easiest. I still think they should have a menu
    command in addition to the Address Book listing, but I should have
    remembered Google is my friend. Sorry for the waste of bandwidth, but
    hope this helps someone besides me.
     
    Fred Moore, Sep 29, 2011
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