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How can I configure Thunderbird to make suggestions on partial e-mail addresses or names while composing an e-mail?

I already have imported my google contacts as an address book, but it appears that Thunderbird will only make suggestions from the local address book.

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Please make sure in Thunderbird preferences, composition options, addressing tab, that address auto-completion has enabled the local address books option.

  • I don't want to make suggestions from my local address book, but my g-mail contacts address book. – Ryan Gates May 9 '13 at 13:12
  • In my case, I have 3 address books: one is default personal address book, 2nd is g-mail contacts and 3rd from external crm system. All of them are local address books, even if g-mail contacts are also stored in google. So in TB, you have to enable this option and then it is looking in all your local address books. – bob May 9 '13 at 13:55
  • This did the trick for me. – Ryan Gates May 10 '13 at 4:27

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