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Panther: Use a specific keyboard shortcut to show the main Address Book window too!
Authored by: xavierbdm on Nov 16, '03 06:54:19PM

Indeed, the main shortcuts ([command]+[1] -day view- / [command]+[2] -week view- / etc.) do change the display even if the window is closed, so when you bring it back, it is in the view you swapped to.
But they do not bring the window back, weirdly.
Luckily, [command]+[T] is there! Thanks for the hint!

On a related note, AddressBook is hugely annoying as there seems to be no shortcuts to bring the main (or any!) window back if you closed it (... apart from the long winded way: switching to full keyboard access and hitting [ctrl]+[F3] to navigate the dock and then select the AddressBook icon in the dock,which is like hitting it with the mouse: it re-opens the window. Ok, but annoying!)

I have actually used the marvellous (yes, marvellous, go and explore it, it is worth the trip!) "Keyboard shortcuts" tab of the "Mouse and Keyboard" system preferences panel, in Panther, to add an menu shortcut for AddressBook: here is how you do it:
- Quit AddressBook (Keyboard shortcuts that you create will not be active if the application was open when you made them)
- Go to System Preferences / Keyboard & Mouse / Keyboard Shortcuts
- Scroll down to the end of the list of shortcuts (on the way, peruse the others and learn some of them, productivity is at hand!) where it says "Application Keyboard Shortcuts": that is where your specific shortcuts will be added.
- To add a shortcut, click the [+]
- In the dialog, choose AddressBook (it should be displayed in the drop down list)
- Enter the name of the command (the menu item) you need to add a shortcut for (it is "Address Book" -with a space-, the command from the "Window" menu)
- Move the focus to the Keyboard shortcut field and add the shortcut of your choice! (I chose [Command]+[Alt]+[A], but that's me)
- Validate
- Launch Address Book, there you have it!
(For Jaguar, I imagine that adventurous people could open Address Book GUI in Interface Builder and assign new shortcuts to the menu item. I have never tried it myself)

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Panther: Use a specific keyboard shortcut to show the main Address Book window too!
Authored by: treck on Nov 17, '03 08:50:22AM

You guys are taking the long way around for no reason- If you have iCal running with the window closed, all you have to do is click on the dock icon and the main window appears...

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Jaguar: ABook open window shortcut
Authored by: Diggory on Nov 17, '03 12:42:20PM

In Jaguar I used to use Command-L (Edit card) - then Command-L again. (To leave editing mode)

This would open the AddressBook window if it was closed.

Alas under Panther this no longer works - the "Edit Card" menu item is disabled if the main window is closed.

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