HT2486: Mac Basics: Address BookLearn about Mac Basics: Address Book
Currently Being ModeratedMay 11, 2012 2:15 PM (in response to E. Lisette Gerald-Yamasaki)
Is Spotlight working at all?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Spotlight works fine - it's just address book that is having a problem. Can I delete it and reinstall?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2012 3:40 PM (in response to kcetgg)
Are you using iCloud? If so, then there is another database file located in the sources folder of that same location. If you sign out of iCloud completely via system preferences and then sign back in, it should recreate the whole iCloud file which includes the database file for contacts.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2012 3:47 PM (in response to E. Lisette Gerald-Yamasaki)
This thread helped me fix it:
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 12:58 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Yes, in the Finder, for example.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 12:59 PM (in response to kcetgg)
By the way, I just tried reinstalling Address Book (by reinstalling Mac OS X Lion). The problem persists.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 1:05 PM (in response to E. Lisette Gerald-Yamasaki)
Back up all data.
In Address Book, select File ▹ Export... ▹ Address Book Archive... and save the archive to your Desktop.
If you use iCloud, disable contact synchronization in the iCloud preference pane. When prompted, select Delete From Mac. Re-enable synchronization. Wait for the contacts to re-synchronize, then test.
If you don't use iCloud, or if the contacts fail to synchronize, delete all contacts from Address Book, then select File ▹ Import... and import the archive you created. It may take a few seconds for the contacts to be indexed. Test.
If you don't like the results of this procedure, quit Address Book. In the Finder, select Go ▹ Go to Folder... from the menu bar, copy the text on the line below into the box that opens, and press return:
Restore the folder that opens from the backup you made before you started.