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Address Book: Can't Edit or Delete iCloud Contacts (10.7)

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MikeyPD Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Jun 8, 2012 4:24 PM

I have no idea why but I can't delete or edit Address Book entries in Lion. It works fine on the web-based client and from my iPad 2 and iPhone 4 (CDMA). But my Address in Lion only can view them. I've tried turning off the Address Book function and re-adding it. I made sure all permissions are correct for the address book prefs etc are correct.


I am stumped! I am also irritated. I do Tech Support for a living and am pretty good at figuring this stuff out for other people. I am cluelss when it comes to myself!

MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • brifast99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same exact problem and feel like an idiot. There seems to be no way to do it in the address book.


    Any ideas out there?



  • bythecshore Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    To edit an entry, you must click the "edit" button in the lower left corner of the right-hand address bookpage.  In other words, in the new address book, when you open an entry, you see a "book," with a left and right page.  The edit button in on the right page, lower left corner, next to the share button.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,390 points)

    MikeyPD wrote:


    I used Pacifist to REINSTALL Address Book from the Lion installer and IT STILL DOESN'T WORK! I can't edit or delete anything. This is irritating.

    This is a test:


    Make a new user account with Admin privileges, login to it and check whether you can edit AB in the new user account.


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  • jamesk8752 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I found a solution in an earlier thread:


    It worked for me!


    Regards, Jim


    Message was edited by: jamesk8752 to correct typos.

  • GongShowNB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same problem with the latest version of Mountain Lion (10.8.1) installed. My contacts are in the Cloud, so they sync with my iPhone. However, I cannot edit them from my Macbook.


    I tried the instructions above, but there is no addressbook-v22.abcddb file on my computer at all. In fact, there are no files named *.abcddb on my systelm.


    Any other ideas, folks?

  • JoelCapo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Use the same steps above, but the file is in a different spot (at least for me; running 10.8.1). Try clicking on "Go" and choose "go to folder" and navigate to /users/[USERNAME]/Library/Application Support/AddressBook, and see if the file is there.

  • hllmlcf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does this work to get rid of the On My Mac address book and just have the iCloud address book?  I was perfectly happy with my MobileMe and since Apple made me switch, I have 2 different address books on my iMac, but my iPhone and MacBook only have the iCloud address book.  Annoyed that Apple couldn't just leave it the way it was!

  • Davejh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thankyou MikeyPD, have been battling this for ages.. am running 10.7.3 and had to use the path from JoelCapo and life is good .. well nearly


    Still cannot add addresses straight from Mac Mail using the 'add to address book' option,

    which does not actually work but I do then get an option to show contact card but this

    shows a string of characters that do not link to the address book contact...


    So close to heaven .. or 10.6.x .. thats progress !


    Any ideas ?



  • CT-JFK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can add that the solution worked for me too.  After upgrading to Mountain Lion, anything to do with contacts was not working.  It would not resolve names, it would not allow me to see "cards," and I kept getting the dreaded beach ball.  This seems to have cleared things up.


       - Jim

  • dingsquidge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had this same issue and finally resolved it by the solution outlined above by jamesk8752 


    Now I just have to figuer out why my Mail keeps crashing on my iMac...


    The joys of Applehood.  I sometimes feel like I've stepped back in time to being a Windows user :-(

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