Getting OS X Contacts Application To Include Spouses

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I decided to buy a label printer last year in preparation for a bunch of wedding mailings I was expecting to do and for Christmas cards. I wanted to keep things as simple as possible so I wanted to use the built in Contacts application in OS X (A.K.A. MacOS X), however, I ran in a a problem because by default Contacts will not include the spouses name in the first line of the address. After a little searching I discovered that Contacts (Address Book) used to do this and that the functionality can be restored by creating a plist file and putting it in the right location inside the Contacts application. Here are the steps I followed that worked for me.

  • OS X Version 10.8.2
  • In terminal do the following
  • cd /Applications/Contacts.app/Contents/Resources
  • sudo vi ABReleatedNamesConfig.plist
  • Insert the following text

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>ca</key>
<true/>
<key>uk</key>
<true/>
<key>us</key>
<true/>
<key>fr</key>
<true/>
</dict>
</plist>

Save the file and open Contacts. Now when you print an contact the specified spouse should be included in the first line of the address.

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