How to Stop iCal AutoFill with Incorrect Data

Have you ever had the annoying issue in iCal where it autofills the contact with incorrect data (mistyped names, incorrect email address)? This quick fix found by my colleague Charlie ‘SuperNerd, Wonderchild, The all-knowing’ Selwyn will resolve all of these problems:

First Quit iCal

  • Navigate to the user’s library by selecting the ‘go’ menu in finder and clicking the ‘go to folder’ option, then type the following:
Go to folder

(If you have Lion you can select the go menu in finder then hold down the ‘Option’ key (aka Alt) which will display the users library.)

  • Hit enter and navigate through to ‘Caches’ > ‘com.apple.iCal’ > ‘Previous Recipients.plist’ (as seen below) and delete this file.
  • Once this has been done iCal will only autofill with contact info from your current address book and contacts on the server, I would hope these contacts will be correct.
ical folders

1 Reply to "How to Stop iCal AutoFill with Incorrect Data"

  • If that doesn’t work…

    Go to ical. Click on Help. Type Cancel Subscription.
    This is what I found:

    Update a subscribed calendar or reminder list
    You can automatically or manually update calendars and reminder lists to which you subscribed. Subscribed calendars and reminder lists appear under the heading “Subscriptions.”

    To automatically retrieve updates, click Calendars or Reminders, hold down the Control key, select the calendar or reminder list by clicking its name, and then choose Get Info. Choose an option from the “Auto-refresh” pop-up menu in the Info window.
    To manually retrieve updates, click Calendars or Reminders, hold down the Control key, select the calendar or reminder list by clicking its name, and then choose Refresh (or Refresh All).
    If you don’t see the Reminders pop-up list, choose View > Show Reminders.

    It deleted all of the meetup.com events that were automatically published. Then I could go back and do them manually instead.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *