Help to find Address Book

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  1. jerryroreo macrumors newbie

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    I am using an Apple computer running Mac OS X.
    I lost my address book, and cannot edit or access any of my addresses. Can I retrieve them some way? Thank you.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

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    You didn't mention which version of OS X you are using, because Address Book was changed to Contacts to align with iOS. So click on the magnifying glass (Spotlight Search) in the upper right of your top menu and type in Contacts. If the app is still on your Mac it should show up and be clickable to open.

    To see where it is currently, hold down the Command key and wait to see the file location scroll up in the flyout for Contacts in Spotlight Search.

    If you have pre Mountain Lion (I'm afraid I'm not sure when Address Book name changed to Contacts) then type Address Book into Spotlight Search.
     
  3. jerryroreo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Searching for Address Book

    Thanks for your reply.
    The version I'm using is 10.6.8.
    Hope this helps.
     
  4. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

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    You're using Snow Leopard then and the app is called Address Book. So you can type that into Spotlight Search. Also, finding the file path is different in SL compared to Mavericks, when the menu opens with the list, right click on Address Book and then click on show path. (Sorry, can't quite remember now, hope this correct.)

    If it's still not showing up, check Trash. --Or hopefully you have been using Time Machine and can retrieve the app that way.

    --Hope you find it!
     
  5. jerryroreo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still searching

    Thanks for the help CrickettGrrrl. Could not find it. Will try going to a Genius Bar, when the snow stops.
     
  6. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sorry you couldn't find it. Was it thrown away by accident? Do you have Time Machine running?
     
  7. jerryroreo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still searching!

    I must have accidentally removed it, I don't recall seeing it anywhere. No I don't have Time Machine running, I tried to install it and it asked for an airtime wifi. I do have wifi, but it would not install. I guess airtime is different, not familiar with it. I'll keep trying, it maybe hidden somewhere. It was not in the trash either. Thanks again.
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    now would be a good time to start some form of backup for your system.
     
  9. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Airtime? That's not the name of any Apple product, so I'm not sure what you're referring to.

    I couldn't tell from your posts - the app Address Book is no longer in your Applications folder? Or just no longer in your dock? Or is the app there but none of your data?

    And not to harp on the situation, but this is why backups are important. One day you will lose data, and without a backup, you're essentially screwed.
     
  10. jerryroreo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Missing Address Book

    xraydoc,

    Thanks for the help. I saw in my apps that I had to open airtime, I have no idea what they were referring.
    I looked in my aps there is no listing of an Address Book, where there used to be. I don't backup because I do not have any critical info. If I did what do you recommend for a backup? When the snow is gone I will take a trip to the Apple genius bar and see what they can do.
    Thanks.
     

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