Address Book: No button to add a new card when looking at a group

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
August 26th, 2011 • 3:46 pm

Sometimes the shortcomings in Apple’s user interface work are positively mind-boggling:

No ‘New Card’ button

What is wrong with this picture? It seems quite obvious to me. I have my list of groups on the left page with one particular group selected (“Computer” in this case), and the list of this group’s members on the right page.

What if I want to add a new member to this group? Is it really wrong of me to think that there should be a simple “+” button in the user interface on the right page here to add a new member to this list? (The “+” button on the left page is for adding a new group.)

After all, in this situation, the “New Card…” command is very much available in the “File” menu. But it requires two clicks and several mouse movements: one click to pull down the menu, one click to select the menu command. It’s positively silly if you ask me.

As far as I can tell, the only way to make such a “+” button appear is to double-click on one of the existing group members, in order to force Address Book to move the list of group members to the left page:

New Card button=

Then and only then, Address Book gives me access to a “+” button at the bottom of the list on the left page. But why should I have to select an existing group member in order to get access to such a button? It makes no sense whatsoever.

Yes, of course, I can use command-N to trigger the “New Card” command. But that forces me to switch my focus from the mouse to the keyboard. Why oh why should I have to do such a thing when I want to add a new group member?


One Response to “Address Book: No button to add a new card when looking at a group”

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