How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts from Mac and iCloud

How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts from Mac and iCloud

I make sure to keep redundant contacts in check as they threaten to completely clutter the Contacts app. I keep track of the entire address book to ensure unnecessary contacts do not sneak in. Thankfully, there is a straightforward way to merge and remove duplicate contacts on Mac and iCloud.

Does your address book seem to be a mess as well? Follow these quick steps to remove the unwanted stuff so that the Contacts app looks fully organized. Just make sure you have the latest backup before going for a marathon cleanup!

How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts from Mac and iCloud

How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts on your Mac

Step #1. Open Contacts app on your Mac.

Step #2. Now, make sure that All Contacts is selected in the Groups pane on the left.

Click on All Contacts in Contacts App on Mac

Note: Just in case the Groups view is hidden, click the View in the menu bar and select Show Groups.)

Step #3. Next, click Card and select Look for Duplicates…

Click on Look for Duplicates in Contacts App on Mac

Step #4. Next up, a drop-down dialog will show up with the total number of duplicate cards that were found. These duplicate cards may have the same name but different information or the same name and the same information.

Find Duplicate Contacts on Mac Contacts App

Click on Merge button to merge the duplicate cards and information.

Merge Duplicate Contacts on Mac

You can also get rid of the unwanted contacts from iCloud. The best thing about this method is that you can easily select multiple contacts and clean them up with ease. Keep reading…

How to Remove Duplicate iCloud Contacts on PC and Mac

Step #1. Open a web browser on your mobile device or computer and head over to → Now, you need to sign in using your iCloud credentials.

Step #2. Next, click Contacts.

Click on Contacts in iCloud in Any Web Browser

Step #3. Select All Contacts at the left corner of the screen.

Select All Contacts in iCloud on Mac or Windows PC

Step #4. Next, hold down the Command (⌘) key and click the duplicate cards you wish to delete. Then, you need to click the cog icon in the lower left corner → Next, you have to click Delete from the popup menu.

Click on Delete Contacts in iCloud on Mac or Windows PC

Step #5. Finally, confirm that you wish to get rid of the selected contacts. To do so, click the Delete option in the dialog pane.

Delete Duplicate Contacts from iCloud

That’s done!

Wrapping up

That’s how you can ensure your address book never gets muddled. Have any question? Toss it up down below in the comments.

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Researchers Are Working to Remove Anxiety Drugs From Water

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Wastewater treatments plants catch a lot of the nastiness that swirls through our sewage and agricultural run-off before that water is reused. But those facilities tend to miss filtering out pharmaceutical drugs that make their way into wastewater. One of those drugs is Diazepam — first marketed as Valium — a calming drug used to treat anxiety and seizures. It is commonly used and potentially addictive psychoactive drug that impacts how patients thinks and feel.

Diazepam is sold under 500 different brands worldwide, and widely abused. So the fact that it both makes it’s way into wastewater, and is not properly filtered out, is a concern for the public health community. In 2017, a study published by Rio de Janeiro State University found that both treated wastewater and untreated wastewater had the same concentration of psychoactive drugs. Traditional treatment methods aren’t getting the job done.

Now, researchers have developed a low-cost method to remove Diazepam from recycled water and wastewater. This new method uses titanium dioxide nanofibers to target Diazepam, and other two other psychoactive drugs that treat anxiety, during wastewater filtration.

All too often, pharmaceuticals pass through water treatment systems. They are then very difficult to remove from wastewater. Image Credit: frolicsomepl / pixabay
All too often, pharmaceuticals pass through water treatment systems. They are then very difficult to remove from wastewater. Image Credit: frolicsomepl / Pixabay.

Vinod Kumar Gupta, professor of applied chemistry at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and lead author of the study, said in a press release, “Existing processes that can remove Diazepam and other drugs at large scale from wastewater are expensive, time consuming, inefficient, or all three. Some also consume a lot of energy in multiple steps, or use toxic and hazardous compounds unfriendly to the environment.”

According to Gupta, in order to cheaply filter out these drugs without using hazardous, environmentally damaging compounds, treatment plants need nanomaterials. His team’s new study, published in the Journal of Molecular Liquids, asserted that the new treatment process could be easily implemented into existing treatment plants.

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Prescription drugs ending up in the public water supply is nothing new; scientists have grappled with removing pharmaceuticals from the water for years. According to a 2008 U.S. Geological Survey, there are roughly 85 man-made chemicals, including medications, that slip through filtering and treatment systems. Everything from beta-blockers that reduce blood pressure to anticonvulsants and birth control have made their way into our water (not to mention contaminants like lead that researchers found in the Flint, Michigan water supply). Researchers even observed that endocrine-disrupting medications even changed the reproductive behaviors of animals like fish.

While wastewater pollution will continue to be an issue in the future, studies like Gupta’s are a step in the right direction. Using nanomaterials to specifically target pharmaceuticals in the water supply represents a more cost-effective means of addressing tainted wastewater.

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How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud

If you’ve been maintaining and migrating the same Contacts list across Macs over the years then you’ve probably come across your fair share of duplicate contact cards. They can also appear seemingly out of nowhere after setting up iCloud Contacts on your Mac for the first time.

Unless you intentionally keep certain information for the same contact separated out for whatever reason, duplicate cards will add nothing but irritation to your day, so here we’re going to show you how to merge and/or remove them, whether you’re sat at your Mac or not.
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