In Address Book: How do I add a birthday or an anniversary to a contact

The standard, "Address Book" way.

The Happy-Days way: Enter anniversaries into the Notes fields of a contact.


How to add anniversaries the standard way

This process differs slightly for birthdays and other anniversaries:

Birthdays

  1. Open Address Book.
  2. Select the contact you want to add a birthday too and hit the Edit button.
  3. Then add a birthday like shown in this picture:

    BirthdayScannerX - how to add birthdays to Mac OS X Address Book

Other anniversaries (e.g. Wedding Days)

  1. Open Address Book
  2. Select the contact you want to add an anniversary to and hit the Edit button
  3. In the menu, choose Card -> Add Field -> Dates.

    BirthdayScannerX - how to add birthdays to Mac OS X Address Book

    Note: Should this menu item be grayed out, you already have a Dates section in your contact. Just click the red + sign to add another date to that section.
  4. You can name the anniversary any way you want. Per default it will be named Anniversary, but you can give it a custom name by selecting Custom:

    BirthdayScannerX - how to add birthdays to Mac OS X Address Book

How to do it the Happy-Days way

HappyDays by Jaemok Jeong is a smart little program for the Palm Pilot which uses a clever mechanism of scanning anniversaries from the Notes fields of contacts.

Inspired by that, BirthdayScanner X does a similar thing, enabling the user to maintain anniversaries in the Notes field of an Address Book contact.

This is very easy. Just add your anniversaries to the notes field of a contact in this form:

* "anniversary": "YYYY-MM-DD"

Each anniversary must start with an asterix (*), followed by the name of the anniversary, followed by a colon (:), followed by the date of the anniversary in the form YYYY-MM-DD (four digits year, two digits month, two digits day).

You can still freely add other text to the Notes field of the contact. Whatever BirthdayScanner X does not understand, it will just quietly ignore.

Examples:

  • "* Birthday: 1972-02-17"
    will add a birthday to the contact, born on the 17. of February in 1972
  • "* Wedding Day: 1992-06-01"
    "* Son's Birthday: 1996-11-29"
    will add two anniversaries, a wedding day plus a birthday for the Son.

BirthdayScannerX - how to add birthdays to Mac OS X Address Book


See also:

How to maintain Spouses in Address Book (to get merged wedding days)