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How do I get an address book from one machine to another, and open it?
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In the "Netscape/Users" folder in each user folder there is a file named "abook.nab".
Just copy it wherever you want...that's it =;-))

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-Stavi-
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OK. Then I  click Communicator, Address Book, Import, right?

Does the imported address book overwrite the previous address book, or are the contents appended to the new file?

What is pab.na2?

Where does the new address book get stored, or is it new?  Does Communicator save new addresses to the imported file, or to another file?
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>>Does the imported address book overwrite the previous address book, or are the contents appended to the new file?

No !
It's the same procedure like importing other bookmarks.

>>What is pab.na2?

I dunno exactly if this has something to do with Netscape !?
Usually, Microsoft products use similar file names.
i.e.:
mspab.nab --> Microsoft personal address book
smpab --> Microsoft sample address book

The file extension .na2 is strange for me...maybe an old file version ? or a backup ?

>>Where does the new address book get stored, or is it new?

it is just added to the existing abook.nab of Netscape in the folder of the current user.
i.e.: c:\Netscape\Communicator\user\YourProfile

>>Does Communicator save new addresses to the imported file, or to another file?
As I said, all actions affect the abook.nab of the current user.

FYI:
Import the addresses to add them to your old ones !
If you overwrite the original abook.nab, the old addresses will be lost of course !

Furthermore, Netscape uses the default adressbook abook.nab, though you can save your address book to other files, too (by using "save as...").
Therefore you could try to import the contents of the "pab.na2" file...just for testing purposes ! (better than loosing them...)
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correction:
>>Does the imported address book overwrite the previous address book, or are the contents appended to the new file?

No...they won't be overwritten; just appended !
It's the same procedure like importing other bookmarks.

Regards
-Stavi-
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You have to "import" address books using newer versions of netscape, not copy them (Like you did with address.htm in older versions) . Best bet is to copy abook.nab to a diskette and then "import" it from there using your netscape e-mail/address  program. From Netscape e-mail toolbar.. COMMUNICATOR|ADDRESS BOOK|FILE|IMPORT.
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