3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2012 11:12 PM by Don Archibald
nowhiz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Using Address Book in Lion I can't edit existing cards: the cards don't show the "Edit" button, and Edit>Edit Card in the menu is disabled. My workaround is to click "Add card" and then use the forward/back arrows, but this is does not meet my usability expectations for Mac OS.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1. Re: Can't edit existing Address Book card?
    Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,155 points)

    Try rebuilding the database file Address Book uses.

     

    To do that, quit Address Book, then while in Finder hold down the Option key and click the Go menu - select Library from the list. That will open the hidden Library folder in your user home folder. In that folder, locate and open the Application Support folder, then the AddresBook folder. In that folder locate the file named AddressBook-v22.abcddb and throw it away.

     

    Then close all those windows and start up Address Book, then test.

  • 2. Re: Can't edit existing Address Book card?
    nowhiz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I couldn't empty the trash with that .abcddb file in it until I logged out of my account -- quitting all applications didn't work -- but when I logged back in the trash emptied and Address Book is working great!

    Thanks much.

  • 3. Re: Can't edit existing Address Book card?
    Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,155 points)

    You're quite welcome - glad you were able to fix it.