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How to Use to Your Android Tablet's Address Book

To peruse your Android tablet's address book, start the People or Contacts app. You may be blessed to find that app's icon on the Home screen. If not, touch the Apps icon on the Home screen, and then touch the appropriate app icon in the Apps drawer.

The address book app shows a list of all contacts in your Android tablet, organized alphabetically by first name.

Scroll the list by swiping your finger on the touchscreen. You can use the index on the side of the screen to quickly scroll the list up and down. Large letters may appear as you scroll, to help you find your place.

To do anything with a contact, you first have to choose it: Touch a contact name and you see detailed information on the right side of the screen. The list of activities you can do with the contact depends on the information that's shown and on the apps installed on your tablet. Here are some options:

Place a phone call. No, An Android tablet isn't a phone, but when you install Skype, touching a contact's phone number activates that app and you can use the tablet to make a call.

Send e-mail. Touch the contact's e-mail address to compose an e-mail message using either the Gmail or Email app. When the contact has more than one e-mail address, you can choose to which one you want to send the message.

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View a social networking status. Contacts who are also your social networking buddies can display their current status. The status may appear at the bottom of the info list in the contact's Details screen. You might see a View Profile item or a Social Network Feeds button, which lets you see all social networking status updates for that contact.

View an address on a map. When the contact has a home or business address, you can choose that item to view the address using the Maps app. When you choose the Maps app, you can then get directions, look at the place using the Street View tool, or do any of a number of interesting things.

Some tidbits of information that show up for a contact don't have an associated action. For example, the tablet doesn't sing Happy Birthday whenever you touch a contact's birthday information.

The Address Book app features three modes for viewing contacts: All Contacts, Favorites, and Groups. When looking for individuals, ensure that the All Contacts item is chosen.

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  • Some versions of the address book display contact details full-screen. If so, touch the Back icon to view the main address book list after you're done viewing the contact's information.

  • Not every contact has a picture, and the picture can come from a number of sources (Gmail or Facebook, for example).

  • When a contact is referred to as a joined contact, it means that the information you see comes from multiple sources, such as Gmail or Facebook.

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