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Last Updated: April 24, 2023


When creating a new Quick Step in Outlook, and you try to save it by selecting Finish, nothing happens, and you are unable to save the new Quick Step.


  1. In the Quick Steps area, select the More drop-down menu from the ribbon.

  2. Hover over New Quick Step and select New E-mail To.

  3. As you start typing someone's name in the To field, select the name from the autocomplete list, then select Finish. Nothing happens and you are unable to save.


The entry cached in autocomplete cannot be matched to an existing entry in an available address book. The Quick Steps feature relies on being able to find the recipient in an available address book.



Workaround #1

When you are searching for a contact, use the Search the Address Book for contacts  Search address book contacts button button instead of the autocomplete feature. Select the person from the address book, then select OK. You will go back to the New E-mail To window and can select Finish to save the new Quick Step.

Workaround #2

You can add this registry key to avoid this issue:


DWORD: DoNotIncludeNickNameCacheInSearch

Value: 1

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