Using Your iMac’s Contact Information

By Mark L. Chambers

Okay, after you have placed all your contact information in Contacts on your new iMac, what can you actually do with it? Often, all you really need is a quick glance at an address. To display the card for any contact in Contacts, just click the desired entry in the Name column. You can move to the next and previous cards by using the up- and down-arrow keys on your keyboard. (Oh, and don’t forget that you can right-click many items in a card to display menu commands specific to those items.)

But wait, there’s more! You can also

  • Copy and paste. The old favorites are still around. You can copy any data from a card (press the Command key+C) and paste it into another open application (press the Command key+V).

  • Visit a contact’s home page. Click the contact entry to select it, and then click the page link displayed in the card. Safari dutifully answers the call, and next thing you know, you’re online and at the home page specified in the entry.

  • Send an e-mail message. Click and drag to select any e-mail address on a card; then choose Contacts→Services→New Email to Address. Bingo! Depending on the information that you select, other services might also be available.

  • Add a Messages buddy. From Messages, choose Buddies→Add Buddy. From the dialog that appears, you can select a contact card that has an Instant Messenger address and add it to your Buddy list.

  • Export contacts. From Contacts, select the contacts that you want to export and then choose File→Export→Export vCard. Contacts displays a Save sheet. Navigate to the location where you want to save the cards and click Save.

  • Send a contact through Mail or Messages. Click the Share a Contact button (it looks like a box with an arrow) at the bottom of the Contacts window, and choose either Email Card or Message Card. The Contacts application automatically creates a new Mail message (or Messages conversation) with the contact information attached as a vCard.

  • Search amongst your contacts. If you’re searching for a specific person and all you have is a phone number or a fragment of an address, click in the Search field (which bears a magnifying glass icon) and type the text. While you continue to enter characters, Contacts shows you how many contact cards contain matching characters and displays just those entries in the Name column. Now that’s sassy! (And convenient. And fast as all get-out.) Check out the following figure; a couple of familiar folks share the same address in Gotham City, and they were found by using the Search field.

    Speaking of searching using a contact card in Contacts, Spotlight is also at your beck and call. Click a contact to select it and then choose Edit→Spotlight. Whoosh! Mavericks searches your entire system for everything related to that contact and displays it in the familiar Spotlight window.

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