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.


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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