Browsing Address Book archives, among other options, is a hidden feature in the OS X Contacts program.
A number of programs in OS X include a hidden menu that offers some extra functions. These are generally not intended for use by the end user, but there are times when these features can be useful. For instance, there's a debug menu in Disk Utility that lets you enable viewing hidden partitions to better manage volumes and disks.
Similar to Disk Utility, a debug menu exists in the Contacts program for managing your Address Book database, which offers a couple of useful features.
To enable the debug menu, simply open the Terminal utility (in the Applications > Utilities folder) and run the following command:
defaults write com.apple.AddressBook ABShowDebugMenu -bool true
When run, the next time you launch the Contacts program you will see a new debug menu. The first six options in this menu will write debugging and programming information to the OS X console, or otherwise help in the development of the program. The remaining options offer the following features:
To undo this menu addition in Contacts, you can either repeat the command above in the Terminal but replace "true" with "false," or you can run the following command to completely revert the changes:
defaults delete com.apple.AddressBook ABShowDebugMenu
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