Clean up your Apple Address Book by merging cards
Quick Mac Tip, 18 December 2010
Over the past few years my Apple Address Book has turned into a mess, with duplicate cards, people I don’t need in there, and other disasters.
It’s easy to delete a card: select it and press the
But there’s another problem: 2 or more cards for the same person, each with slightly different information. One card may include a phone number, another an address.
Rather than enduring the nightmare of comparing cards, or copying and pasting information between them, there’s an easy way to handle things.
- Select 2 or more cards.
- Visit the
Cardmenu and choose
Merge Selected Cards.
Address Book combines the information from all selected cards into one card. In my experiment, the merged card ended up with 2 identical ‘work’ addresses, but that’s still a lot easier to deal with than multiple cards.
At some later time I might edit the card to deal with duplicated addresses.