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Purging Stale Email Addresses in Gmail

I go through periods of tidiness (and clutteredness) and I’m in a tidy phase.  Recently, I removed no-longer-used email addresses from my Gmail Contacts list and thought some of you might be interested in how to do this as well.

Removing entries from Gmail Contacts is a straight-forward process:

  • Log into your Gmail account.
  • Click on the “Contacts” entry in the left-hand pane.

You should now see a screen that looks something like this.


  • In the “Contacts” list, double click the category that contains an address that you want to remove.  All the email addresses in that category will now be displayed with an empty check box to the left of each entry.
  • Place a check mark in each check box that’s associated with an email account that you want to delete.


  • Click the “Delete contact” button on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • To return to your mail, click on the “Inbox” entry in the left-hand pane.

Now on to other spring cleaning adventures...


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