How to Locate the Address Book on a Mac

by Sophie Southern

Apple's line of Mac computers includes the iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. As of 2011, all Mac computers come with Apple's OS X operating system, which includes a variety of applications. "Safari," Apple's web browser, "Mail," the emailing program and "Address Book" are three of the primary applications that come with a Mac out of the box. You can use the "Address Book" application to keep track of contacts and organize them in groups. "Address Book" and all applications on the Mac can be accessed via the "Applications" folder.

Step 1

Click on your "Finder." You can access the "Finder" through your "Dock" by clicking the icon--it resembles a small face--which brings up a window. The "Finder" is your primary navigation tool for finding applications, folders and documents on your Mac. It features two ways to access your files; by navigating folder by folder in the main window, or by using the shortcuts on the left menu for your favorite items. You can add and remove items from the "Finder" shortcut menu by dragging and dropping the icon into the menu area.

Step 2

Click on your "Applications" folder. The "Applications" folder houses all of your programs, including software that comes with your Mac out of the box. To install new applications, drag them into the "Applications" folder. You can also access the "Applications" folder through the icon on the "Finder" shortcut menu.

Step 3

Double-click on "Address Book." Your "Applications" folder should list programs by alphabetical order. It if does not, select "View" from the top menu and choose "as List." You can also change the view by pressing the "Command" key--sometimes called the "Apple" key--and "3" simultaneously.

Create a shortcut to your "Address Book" in the "Dock" by dragging the application icon and dropping it where you want to place it.


  • Create groups in your "Address Book" to organize business, personal and family contacts.
  • Search for applications, documents, folders and even file contents with "Spotlight." You can access the "Spotlight" menu by clicking the small magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  • Your Mac will remember frequently used addresses in the "Mail" application and add automatically add them to the "Address Book."


About the Author

Sophie Southern has been a freelance writer since 2004. Her writing has been featured in "JPG" magazine and on Southern holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the School of Visual Arts.

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