Google Mail – Manual Option to Add Contacts

This sounds helpful; personally, I like to keep my contact lists streamlined rather than bloated with a bunch of names that I don’t recognize.

I have more than 1000 contacts in Google Mail, all people that I know and hold dear. Just kidding. Everyone, and I mean everyone, who send you an email in the past was automatically added to your contacts, as was everyone that you send an email to. That was not really comfortable considering that spammers and god knows who were added to the list of your contacts without your doing. Most email programs only add contacts to your address book if you write a message, or add the contact manually.

In Google Mail, this was not possible until now. Until now? Yes, Google finally came to their senses and added an option to switch from the automatic contact creation mode to a manual mode.

You need to change a configuration setting in your Gmail account settings to switch from automatic to manual mode. Open the Google Mail website and log in. Click on the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen and select Mail Settings from the options.

mail settings

Scroll down on the settings page until you see the new entry Create contacts for auto-complete.

google contacts

Switch from the default mode When I send a message to a new person, add them to Other Contacts so that I can auto-complete to them next time to I’ll add contacts myself. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the Save Changes button.

Contacts will not be added automatically to your contacts list from that moment on. You are on the other hand still stuck with all the automatic contacts that have been added to the address book in the past.

The Gmail blog has posted a rundown of other features that they have added to the email service.

This, in short, includes better warnings for typos in email addresses, fewer error pop-ups, the transition from a refresh link to a refresh button, an always-on keyboard shortcut help page (Shift-?) and better transitions between certain actions.

keyboard shortcuts

Especially the new keyboard shortcut help page can be a productivity booster as it provides quick access and look-up options (what was that shortcut again?). Gmail blog via Caschy.


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