Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2011 4:00 PM (in response to musicspirit)That feature was available pre-Snow Leopard. However, all the programs were re-written for Snow Leopard and a few things didn't seem to make the cut. Nobody here knows whether the feature will reappear one day, nor can we speculate on its reappearance.
However, you can create an Automator Service that will copy the selected card's info to the clipboard.
Open Automator and select Service as the type of workflow.
Set it to receive no input from Address Book.
Click on the Contacts item in the Library and drag over the Get Selected Address Book Items action. Set it for People.
Then, drag in a Get Contact Information action. Set it for the general information you'd like to copy. If you want it to ask for the info, click on Options at the bottom of the Action and set it to show this action when workflow runs.
Click on Utilities in the Library and drag in a Copy to Clipboard action.
Save the workflow and open Keyboard System Preferences. Find your service and create a shortcut for it. Now, in address Book, with a contact selected, Go to the Address Book menu, Services, and select your service. After selecting it once from the services menu, it will respond the the shortcut.1.8 SP G5/MBP 2.33/iPhone/MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2011 4:10 PM (in response to Barney-15E)Of course you can copy from AB to Mail! I've just done it.
Drag over the info you want to copy to highlight it, use the usual copy command, go to Mail and paste into your email.
If you want all the info for the contact just drag the contact's name from the AB window into the message part of Mail and a vCard will be created in your email.
Have I missed something in the posts?
Perhaps AOL doesn't allow pasting into an email.
Message was edited by: Neville MayfieldMacbook Pro 2.53, 4GB RAM, 250GB, 1TB WD ext, Mac OS X (10.6.4), eMac 1.42MHz, 160GB, 10.4.11, 1.5 GB, Superdrive, 250GB My Book Essential
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2011 4:17 PM (in response to Neville Mayfield)The way I understood it (because it has been asked that way before), is selecting multiple fields (phone, email, address) and copying the whole thing. Yes, you can copy one single field, but you can't copy the entire card at once.1.8 SP G5/MBP 2.33/iPhone/MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2011 4:45 PM (in response to Barney-15E)Barney, you're right about not being able to select multiple fields in the copy & paste. Address & phone number would be at least 2 copy & paste's.
The vCard of course can include all information in one move.
I'm sure it would not be difficult for Apple's software engineers to allow multiple cmd-select items to be copied in one basic step or in fact drag-select over multiple fields too. Do you know whether this has been requested through the appropriate channels?
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Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2011 5:59 PM (in response to Neville Mayfield)It worked in Leopard. However, it wasn't terribly pretty. The formatting was kind of all over the place.
I believe it has been submitted through feedback, but I don't know if anyone submitted it as a bug report or ER.1.8 SP G5/MBP 2.33/iPhone/MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2011 7:26 AM (in response to Barney-15E)thanks Barney for your painstaking explanation - this is an amazing and challenging piece of advanced programming for a technologically challenged Mac citizen like me, but I did try it and after 15' I got to the point where I opened the Address Book selected the short cut and tried to paste it to Text Edit as an experiment... but it did not work.
I think I need to get into this whole Automation thing more but have never even gone there in over 10 years of using a Mac.
Am sure it is very useful for doing mundane repetitive tasks together - is there a QT movie available of this somewhere?
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But just to clarify at the end: I ought to use my Short cut to select and copy the Address book info to clipboard and then Control V into any document as text... is that the objective?
Thanks for your help
Music SpiritMac Pro1,1 Dual-Core Intel Xeon 3GHz 5GB RAM + L9 + Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, Mac OS X (10.5.8), MacBookPro OS X (10.6.3) 2.66 + M Audio Fast Track Ultra
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2011 7:33 AM (in response to Neville Mayfield)thanks Neville also for your input - which has helped clarify... that you cannot select multiple fields which is really a serious limitation to copying an address book contact to any word processing application in normal text...
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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2011 4:35 PM (in response to musicspirit)You first should select the command from the Services menu that is in the Address Book menu. Once you have done that one time, the shortcut will work. And yes, you would then paste into your email. However, paste is cmd-v, not ctrl-v.1.8 SP G5/MBP 2.33/iPhone/MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 30, 2011 6:02 PM (in response to Barney-15E)
has this been fixed?
why can't all of a address card be copied unto textEdit?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2012 12:53 AM (in response to musicspirit)
The omission of being able to copy the information at one time from an address book record is mind-numbing.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 2:16 PM (in response to musicspirit)
This worked fine on all OS's prior to Snow Leopard (to which I've just upgraded) and now this basic functionality was lost. I frequently send vCards as attachments but sometimes you just need some of the text (but multiple fields) to be able to paste somewhere.
I'm amazed this isn't a basic feature kept by Address Book now on Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 5, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to mdp123)
This is insane! I switched to Mac a few years ago (still use XP/Win7/Linux at work) and generally like it. However, I keep running into these idiotic and arbitratry limitations! I want to create a bunch of address cards for people I work with. Everthing is the same except phone extension, name, and email. There's no way to copy/duplicate contacts in Mac Address Book or on my iPhone. And, like many similar issues, if I dare to ask about it at an "Expert Bar", I'll first get a look of confusion and when I finally get the person to understand, I'll just get the useless response of "that's how it works". No ideas for work-arounds. No reporting to Apple development. Just the attitude of "why would anyone want to do anything it doesn't already do?"
It's great having all the Apple stores around here and being able to ask (simple) questions, but they're really not able to deal with much more than older folks who just bought a Mac and don't know how to use a computer at all. If you've been using dozens of computers and operating systems for 20+ years, they don't want to talk to you.