MacMost Now 229: Address Book Groups

Learn how to use groups in Address Book to easily send email to the same group of friends. Also learn some tricks and about smart groups.

Comments: 7 Responses to “MacMost Now 229: Address Book Groups”

    Bill Tobler
    15 years ago

    Hey Gary, nice take on using Address Book Groups. I use the group function on my iPhone a little different sometimes. Instead of email addresses, I use phone numbers. For instance, if I'm looking for a bait shop on my way to a fishing trip, I made up a group called Bait Shops with all their phone numbers. (Most bait shops don't have email addresses anyway) Sometimes live shrimp is hard to find, and you have to call around to find bait. I also did the same with the members of my Homebrew club. If I should be brewing one day and are short an ingredient or need some help, by hitting the group button, I get a list of people who could help without fumbling through my whole contact list.

    I noticed that there is no way to make a group on the iPhone, which would be a nice addition some day. It should be easy to do, just put a plus sign on the top of the group page and scroll through the contacts and pick out the members of the group. Anyway, thanks for a great web site for us Mac users.


    Thanks for the MacMost Web site. I learn more about my Mac every day.


    14 years ago

    thanks for the helpful videos! i have yet to find how to set up a right click option that gives you the drop down box to add contact/address straight to a "group". that way you don't have to go back in and drag and drop via all contacts. is there a way to do that? if so can you do that with several address instead of just one at time? example: sunday school newsletter w/ everyone's address - want to put all addresses in a group w/o having to add to contacts, then having to go back and drag and drop to sunday school group. this is one thing i miss w/ pc.- i could right click on any address or shift/hold hightlight and it would add one or muliiple even a word program. i would love to figure this out on mac os x. thanks for such a helpful site!!

    Pam Lauman
    13 years ago

    I am not able to use the group address function on my iPad or iPhone. Do you know of a way to make this work?

      13 years ago

      I don't think this works on the iPhone... yet. Maybe iOS will fix it.

    Barb Ellison
    13 years ago

    Hi Gary, No one has hints and great tutorials even close to yours--they've gotten me out of a lot of spots. Now I'm in this spot--I made a party invitation through iPhoto. I have a Group of invitees in my address book called "Open House". When but I can't seem to access that group via iPhoto email. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

      13 years ago

      Perhaps iPhoto just doesn't have access to Groups? Have you tried just using the Group name?
      Otherwise, you could probably just drag and drop the contacts from that group into the iPhoto email form. Or, send it just to yourself and then forward it to that group in Mail.

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