Contacts in OS X El Capitan - dummies

Contacts in OS X El Capitan

By Bob LeVitus

Contacts in OS X El Capitan stores and manages information about your family, friends, companies, and any other entity you want to keep in touch with. It works seamlessly with the Mail, Messages, and Maps applications, enabling you to quickly look up phone numbers or email addresses when you’re ready to communicate with someone.

In fact, Contacts works with several applications, both on and beyond your Mac, including the following:

  • Use it with FaceTime to video chat with friends and family.

  • Use it with Calendar to display your contacts by choosing Window→Address Panel or pressing Command+Option+A. You can then drag any person in your Contacts from the Address Panel to any date and time on the calendar, and a special Meeting event is created automatically by Calendar. The event even has a Send Invitation button; if you click it, it launches Mail and sends the person an invitation to this meeting. Very cool stuff.

  • The Contacts application can also work with any other application whose programmers choose to make the connection or with any device that’s compatible with Contacts. For example, BusyContacts ($49.99 in the Mac App Store) exchanges data with Contacts seamlessly, so changes made in Contacts appear in BusyContacts (and vice versa) almost immediately.

  • It’s also available in most programs that have a Share button or menu so you can share with your contacts via whichever method is appropriate, usually their phone number, email or iCloud.com or Me.com address (for an iMessage).

  • If you use iCloud, you can choose to sync contacts with devices that include (but are not limited to) other Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. And you can also sync contacts via Google, Microsoft Exchange, or Microsoft Office 365, or any combination.