How to Merge Contacts Using the Mac OS X Address Book

by John Ford

There is a simple trick to merging contacts in Apple's Address Book on OS X, without having to manually edit or copy and paste the Address Book data between contacts. Here are a few helpful tips.

Mac OS X Address Book
1

In an open "Finder" window, navigate to "Applications" on your Mac and double-click "Address Book" to open the application.

Multiple contacts to be merged
2

In the "Address Book" application contact list view, locate the two or more contacts that you wish to merge and perform a "shift-click" with your mouse and keyboard to select the multiple contacts you wish to merge.

Merging the contacts
3

In the "Address Book "menu bar, select "Card" and cursor down to "Merge Selected Cards" and release your mouse button. You can also use the keyboard combination "Command-|" (Shift + Backslash) to perform the merge function.

Merged contact list
4

Know that the information in the multiple contacts will be merged into one contact file.

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About the Author

John Ford is a Fort Lauderdale, FL native with a background in Broadcasting, Print & New Media. A Recognized expert in Broadcasting & Creative Services with stints at the ABC Radio Networks and as VP of New Media for Sabo Media. A respected writer for Parade Magazine & National Geographic. Webmaster, Apple Certified Support Professional and a published singer/songwriter

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