How do I edit names in auto-complete? and where do they come from?

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I have Office XP with Outlook 2000. When I type an address of an email recipient, I get the auto-complete feature. However, there are loads of obsolete addresses in there, many of which I haven't used in ages. I might get a menu of 6 names, only one of which is still valid. How do I edit the addresses that appear under auto-complete? They have to be connected to Contacts, but how do I edit them out? It's not simply a matter of deleting them from Contacts...I don't see a lot of the names I want to edit in Contacts at all...
 

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Instead of looking in Contacts, in Outlook, go to Tools>Address Book and poke around in there...which is where all those old addresses are probably lurking.
 
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I believe that is kept in a Outlook Nickname file that can't be edited, only deleted.

The Nickname Cache is used by Outlook for automatic name checking and the automatic completion.
I you want to clear the cache with the list of names that Outlook shows when sending an e-mail

Close Outlook
Start the Windows Explorer
With the focus on the root of the C: drive, search for *.NK2
You will find a file that starts with your profile name
Rename this file
Restart Outlook
Outlook will start rebuilding the file over again.
 
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