Outlook AutoComplete is Empty

Outlook 2013

Outlook Autocomplete was empty after I changed the primary data file.  According to a Microsoft site I needed to go into the appdata and edit a NK2 file.  Well, in 2013 those files don’t exist anymore!  I followed the directions in the last post by JOITGUY.

1st Method is to replace the below: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\RoamCache\Stream_Autocomplete_0_0BE2EBB3857EB243985BE9B2E06D7383.dat file. with a backukp or from previous computer.

My dat file wasn’t actually the same file name but it led me to realize that I had 3 .dat files and only one of those files had any size to it.  I renamed 2 of the 3 files to .old and proceeded to start up outlook.  That’s all it was!

Files Locked for Editing Microsoft Office Word Excel Mac

I just moved some files to a new folder on a server that I was accessing on my Mac via VPN.  I was quite surprised when it showed a whole bunch of files that I just moved that were locked for editing.

Here is the catch.  The answer I found is below which DOES show hidden files on a Mac in Finder.  However, my files were still showing as locked so I need to continue researching this.

Enable Finder to Show Invisible Files and Folders


Open the Terminal application in your Utilities folder.  At the prompt enter or paste the following command line then press RETURN.

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

killall Finder

To turn off the display of invisible files and folders enter or paste the following command line and press RETURN.

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

killall Finder

Alternatively you can use one of the numerous third-party utilities such as TinkerTool or ShowHideInvisibleFiles – VersionTracker or MacUpdate.