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I created a folder in the Yosemite Contacts program and added some people to it. I'd like to remove a contact from the folder but keep the contact in my overall contacts database.

How do I do this? The delete button deletes it completely.

Here is what I see if I select a name in a group and press delete. I don't get the dialog box above with the "Remove from Groups" option:

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If I select the contact and use the Edit menu the "Remove from Group" item is greyed out:

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  • This doesn't really seem to belong on SO. It should be on the Apple Stackexchange.
    – MisterBla
    Jan 19, 2015 at 18:07
  • There's an Apple Stackexchange? I didn't know that. Thanks!
    – Ray Salemi
    Jan 20, 2015 at 20:09
  • Thanks for the update. Can you edit the contact?
    – markhunte
    Jan 25, 2015 at 14:37
  • The reason I ask that was I suspect its a permission issue. You can try the normal Disk Utility.app repair permissions or try the suggestion on this page I just found. discussions.apple.com/thread/5011903 There is to much in there for me to repost as an answer and I have not tried it. But try Disk Utility.app first.
    – markhunte
    Jan 25, 2015 at 14:44
  • The permission idea was a good clue, and I figured it out, will post answer below.
    – Ray Salemi
    Jan 26, 2015 at 0:18

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There's a Remove From Group Menu item.

Select Your contact in the Group and open Edit -> Remove From Group.

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By Folder I think you mean Group.

When you hit the delete button or use the Menu. Contacts.app will give you a choice of deleting the Contact (card) from everywhere or just the Group.

You should choose the Remove from group. This will then only Remove it from the group and not delete it from the Contacts.

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  • Strange. I don't see groups in Yosemite. I only see "Folders." and I did not see the dialog box. Did I set something up wrong?
    – Ray Salemi
    Jan 22, 2015 at 22:54
  • What app are you using? Show some screen shots
    – markhunte
    Jan 22, 2015 at 23:27
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It turns out that I was creating my groups within an Exchange account. If I made the groups in the "On my Mac" area then the "Remove from Group" functionality works normally.

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