Quickly Copy an Address from Address Book

If you need to quickly copy someone’s entire address—for pasting into an email, for example—make sure that you’re not in Edit mode. Then click the label of the address field (e.g., “work”) and choose Copy Mailing Label.

Choose Copy Mailing Label to save this address to your Clipboard.

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Google Maps in Address Book

While you’re in the same contextual menu (from clicking the address-field label as described in step 9), you can choose Map Of to go to a Google Map of that location in your default browser. Or choose Copy URL Of Map if you want to paste that map’s URL into an email or chat.

Clicking our work address and selecting Map Of gave us this map to Mac|Life HQ.

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Large Type in Address Book

If you’re going blind (like we are) and can’t see those small phone numbers when you’re trying to call someone, first make sure that you’re not in Edit mode, and then click the label of the phone (e.g. “mobile”) and choose Large Type. This will fill your entire screen with the selected phone number—super useful when you’re walking to the fax machine all the way across the room.

Can you see me now?

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Reinstalling Apple Applications

Have you ever wanted to reinstall Apple’s Mail, Safari, or other included application without resorting to re-installing the entire OS? Apple doesn’t make this easy, but thankfully, the fine folks over at CharlesSoft have provided us with a $20 shareware program called Pacifist.

Pacifist is an application that opens Mac OS X .pkg package files, .dmg disk images, and .zip, .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, and .xar file archives and allows you to extract individual files and folders out of them. This is useful, for instance, if an application which is installed by the operating system becomes damaged and needs to be reinstalled without the hassle of reinstalling all of Mac OS X. Pacifist is also able to verify existing installations and find missing or altered files*, and Pacifist can also examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.

Pacifist is a great tool to have in your bag of tricks if you ever have a problem with just one application.

Backing up Address Book contacts in 10.5

You can create a backup copy of your address book, so you can easily recover your original information if you make inadvertent changes. It is easy to do, but in AddressBook 4.0, nowhere does it mention the work backup – they call it Archive, so just note that it’s the same thing.

It’s a good idea to back up your address book before you make extensive changes, such as importing new addresses or reorganizing groups.
To archive your address book:

Choose File > Export > Address Book Archive.

Choose a name for the file, and select where you want to export the file to.

To further safeguard your address book archive, copy the file to an external hard disk or a CD.

Backing up Address Book contacts in 10.4

Apple’s operating system includes the Address Book program, which is a great tool. It’s a small database that can be referenced by any “well written” program – meaning any program whose author took the time to include this capability. Thankfully, more and more are able to do this. If you have a need just to back up that data – or for that matter, throw it out and start clean, here is where the files live and how to back them up:

* To back up: Open Address Book and choose Back up Address Book from the File menu. A dialog appears, asking you to choose a save location—it also adds the current date to the saved file name too. Choose where you want to save the backup, then click Save.

* To restore: In Address Book, choose Revert to Address Book Backup from the File menu. In the resulting dialog, locate your backup file (it ends with a .abbu extension), select it, and click Open.

* To remove the data: Yes this step will REMOVE all of your contacts, so proceed with caution: Remove the Address Book folder from ~/Library/Application Support. You can also clear out the preference files com.apple.AddressBook.abd.plist and com.apple.AddressBook.plist from the ~/Library/Preferences folder.

Remember, the ~ indicates your Home folder.