Address Book window keeps getting shorter and shorter every time I open it.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TheSpaz, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    My Address Book window keeps getting shorter and shorter every time I open it. Try it for yourself. Open Address Book and quit it... then open it again and quit it again. Every time you launch it, the window will be 4-5 pixels shorter. Keep doing it and it will get VERY short. Does this annoy anyone else?

    I'm running 10.5.6 Leopard.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Mine opens in exactly the same position, exactly the same size every time.
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    This sounds like a corrupt plist file - Address Book's window size and position information is stored in its plist. Therefore, if you delete it and let Address Book create a new one, the problem should go away. The file is in /Users/username/Library/Preferences and is called com.apple.addressbook.plist.
     
  4. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    I already tried that. It didn't help. Nobody else is experiencing this?
     
  5. treichert macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I read about that a while ago and couldn't believe it until I tried it myself. You have to actually quit Adress Book and restart it for it to happen.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As already stated, quitting and restarting Address Book does not reproduce the problem.
     
  7. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    I don't believe you.

    The only way I found to actually fix this is to LOCK the com.apple.addressbook.plist file after I set my window to the size I wanted. You're welcome.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I don't care what you believe! I already stated that I can open and close Address Book and every time it comes up in the same position and the same size. Just because you have a problem, doesn't mean everyone else has the same problem! :rolleyes:
     
  9. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    I've talked to other people running Leopard and theirs does the same thing. Are you sure you're quitting it? What I really wanna know is how your setup is different than mine so I can fix it.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I KNOW how to quit an application! This isn't rocket science:

    Picture 3.jpg

    I can position and resize my Address Book window the way I want it, then QUIT the application, then re-launch it and the window opens in exactly the same size and position as where I left it. It has done this since day one, right out of the box. The same goes for iCal, iPhoto, Mail, etc.
     
  11. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    Address Book is the only App that has this problem. I noticed you were using the menu to Quit... have you tried cmd-Q? I've been using the keyboard command... maybe somehow that makes a difference (doubt it though). I'm just trying to figure out how my Leopard is different.
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, I've done it both ways. There is no difference between using a menu command or a keyboard shortcut.
     
  13. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    How many contacts do you have? You should take a screenshot, close Address Book, relaunch it, and take another screenshot and post them.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've already explained in detail that it's working as designed. Walk into any Apple store and try it on any Mac. I have no reason to lie about this, and I don't need to keep proving something to someone who doesn't believe me.
     
  15. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    Here's what I know.

    1. It works correctly for you
    2. It doesn't work for me and my friend

    So, I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong, but at the same time, I'm double-checking that you know what you're doing. Is that so bad? Am I supposed to assume everyone's on the same exact page as me?
     
  16. glasserp macrumors regular

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    FWIW, this is something that has also happened to just my address book since day 1 of Leopard, and it's pretty annoying.
     
  17. miggitymac macrumors 6502a

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    After reading this thread I tried quitting and restarting 10 times.

    Worked fine for me.

    But, even if it didn't, I don't think I'd find it annoying since I only use it once or twice a day.

    If you're using it often maybe just keep it open in the background so you don't get annoyed.
     
  18. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    Apparently it's only certain Leopard installs since it doesn't happen on ggjstudios's computer. I wonder what he's doing....

    Edit: I've already fixed the problem by locking the preference file, but I still find it odd that ggjstudios's computer is unaffected by this bug that clearly other people have too.

    I found some more threads on the subject:
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8980890
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1603176&tstart=105
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=599691
     

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