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April 12, 2013, 02:14:17 AM
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I'm not sure what's going on, but when I go to my bitcoin wallet's address book, my addresses are missing, and I cannot create a new one either. When I try to create a new one, it's prompting me for an address as well as a name for the address. Previously, the address field was grayed out and it would generate that on its own. My balance and transactions are valid, so it's not as if the whole program is not working, just the address book. Probably completely missing something here. Any ideas?

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April 12, 2013, 06:33:01 AM
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I'm not sure what's going on, but when I go to my bitcoin wallet's address book, my addresses are missing, and I cannot create a new one either. When I try to create a new one, it's prompting me for an address as well as a name for the address. Previously, the address field was grayed out and it would generate that on its own. My balance and transactions are valid, so it's not as if the whole program is not working, just the address book. Probably completely missing something here. Any ideas?

I can't even tell for sure what client you are on from your description.  Are you talking Bitcoin-Qt client?  Or some other client?
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April 12, 2013, 06:58:14 AM
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Back up your wallet first
You can try to dump your wallet with pywallet to see if the addresses are still there

Own address: 19QkqAza7BHFTuoz9N8UQkryP4E9jHo4N3 - Pywallet support: 1AQDfx22pKGgXnUZFL1e4UKos3QqvRzNh5 - Bitcointalk++ script support: 1Pxeccscj1ygseTdSV1qUqQCanp2B2NMM2
Pywallet: instructions. Encrypted wallet support, export/import keys/addresses, backup wallets, export/import CSV data from/into wallet, merge wallets, delete/import addresses and transactions, recover altcoins sent to bitcoin addresses, sign/verify messages and files with Bitcoin addresses, recover deleted wallets, etc.
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April 12, 2013, 10:26:34 PM
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I'm not sure what's going on, but when I go to my bitcoin wallet's address book, my addresses are missing, and I cannot create a new one either. When I try to create a new one, it's prompting me for an address as well as a name for the address. Previously, the address field was grayed out and it would generate that on its own. My balance and transactions are valid, so it's not as if the whole program is not working, just the address book. Probably completely missing something here. Any ideas?

It sounds like Bitcoin-Qt. I'll describe the operation first (master). Go to the "receive coins" tab. When you press the "new address" button in the lower left, the dialog that comes up has a box for both label and address. However, the address box doesn't allow input (which is confusing). Input just a unique label and press OK. The dialog should go away and the newly created address will be highlighted back in the receive coins tab.

If this doesn't work and the receive coins doesn't show addresses you previously received payments at, it is likely that the wallet is corrupt, not able to read previous payment addresses. Starting bitcoin with the command-line option -salvagewallet will attempt to create a new wallet with recovered keys, but will remove the labels; this may have already happened automatically.
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April 15, 2013, 03:26:31 PM
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Thanks for the help guys, but I was just having an insanely stupid moment... I was thinking my receive addresses should be in the address book, not in the 'receive coins' section... obviously the address book is for contacts or addresses I add that I send to on a regular basis.

For the record, this was bitcoin-qt.

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