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Can't print contacts in alphabetical order

by melselle / January 18, 2013 8:34 AM PST

I recently upgraded my iMac OS from 10.6.? to 10.8.2. Mail is 6.2. Contacts is 7.1. Most everything seems to be working OK. However, I noticed that I cannot print out my Mail contacts in alphabetical order. I have gone to Mail to Preferences to General and "Show first name before last name." Then I chose "Sort by Last Name." The names are then sorted alphabetically by last name. However, when I go to print, they seem to be sorted randomly when printed. Each time I print, they are in the same incorrect arrangement. This occurs on either of my 2 printers.

Am I missing some printing option? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Printing Contacts in Alphabetical Order
by centurion48 / January 18, 2013 11:06 AM PST

The only way I know how to do this is through iCloud, which is where my contacts are stored.
If you are using iCloud this is probably the same for you.
This is how:
1. Open Contacts in iCloud
2. Select All Contacts or the group you want to print
3. Click on the gear wheel in the footer of the right-hand pane and 'Select All' from the drop down menu
4. Cmd-P to Print (or Review PDF in Preview just to make sure it is in alpha order)


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by melselle / January 21, 2013 7:18 AM PST

Your suggestion works. It just doesn't include the Notes. I can live with that for now. Thanks.

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When I first read your post, I thought, No Way.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 18, 2013 10:22 PM PST

So I tried it and, Way!

I played around for a while and found that if you select all your contacts and hit the print button, choose labels, select a label size, (I used avery 5161) you will find that all the contacts are in alphabetical order.

Seems strange that you should have to do anything like that, but it is a workable workaround

Hope that helps


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Print Labels
by melselle / January 21, 2013 9:27 AM PST

Thanks. I can use this suggestion, too.

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