How to Merge Contacts Using the Mac OS X Address Book

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There is a simple trick to merging contacts in Apple's Address Book on OS X, without having to manually edit or copy and paste the Address Book data between contacts. Here are a few helpful tips.

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Things You'll Need

  • Mac OS X
  • Address Book application
Step 1

In an open "Finder" window, navigate to "Applications" on your Mac and double-click "Address Book" to open the application.

Mac OS X Address Book
Step 2

In the "Address Book" application contact list view, locate the two or more contacts that you wish to merge and perform a "shift-click" with your mouse and keyboard to select the multiple contacts you wish to merge.

Multiple contacts to be merged
Step 3

In the "Address Book "menu bar, select "Card" and cursor down to "Merge Selected Cards" and release your mouse button. You can also use the keyboard combination "Command-|" (Shift + Backslash) to perform the merge function.

Merging the contacts
Step 4

Know that the information in the multiple contacts will be merged into one contact file.

Merged contact list
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