Purge those unused Gmail webmail addresses


Q: A while ago I created an email for a friend, but I made a mistake in their email address. As you might expect, the email bounced as undeliverable. I fixed the error and created the correct email address in my Google contacts. However, whenever I try to send an email to this person, Gmail defaults to the incorrect email address. For the life of me, I can’t find where Gmail is getting this incorrect email address so I can get rid of it. No suggestion?

A: Gmail, like many email apps and services, uses an autocomplete feature that keeps track of the email addresses you send and will use them to suggest recipients when you compose a new message and start typing an address. .

Gmail essentially creates a contact once the address is used to send an email, even if it is an incorrect address.

To remove an unwanted contact from your Gmail account, go to contact.google.com. Once there, start typing the unwanted address in the search box and it will appear.

When it appears, click on it and it will open the contact card.

Here you can then click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and select Delete to remove the address from your contacts and autocomplete.

Q: I have an older version of Adobe Photoshop and want to update it. It seems like I can’t just buy the app anymore. Instead, I’m asked to subscribe to something called Adobe Creative Cloud. Does that mean I can no longer use their software without subscribing?

A: Adobe has switched to a cloud-based subscription model for its premium products as a way to manage its licenses.

This means for the users of these apps that you have to pay a monthly subscription to use the software.

You can still install the programs on your PC, but you must now sign in to an active Adobe Creative Cloud account for the applications to work.

There are pros and cons to this licensing model. I subscribe because I rely on Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for my photography. And the subscription keeps my software fully up to date and I don’t have to pay for upgrades when new versions are released like you do with other premium software apps.

The downside is that I never really own the product. If I stop paying, the software stops working.

There are alternatives that will give you ownership of the app and I have started looking at some of them. DXO and Affinity Photo are two very powerful photo editing packages that don’t use a subscription license and do a pretty good job. But so far they haven’t replaced my Adobe products which remain the industry standard for this type of work. And it looks like Adobe is counting on that to keep it going.

The good news is that the Basic Photography Plan, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom, is always cheaper on a two to three year subscription than you would pay for an updated version of Photoshop if it were still sold as a product. autonomous.

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