How to Sort and Search Contacts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab - dummies

How to Sort and Search Contacts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

To peruse the Galaxy Tab address book, start the Contacts app: Touch the Apps Menu icon button on the Home screen; then touch the Contacts app icon.

The Contacts app shows a list of all contacts in your Galaxy Tab, organized alphabetically by first name. But if you want them to appear in a different order or you want to find a specific contact, you can use either the Sort or Search command, respectively, to do that.


Sort your Galaxy Tab contacts

Your contacts are displayed in the Contacts app in a certain order: alphabetically by first name, first name first. You can change that order if you like. Here’s how:

  1. Start the Contacts app.

  2. Touch the Menu icon button.


  3. Choose Settings.

    The Display Options screen appears, which shows you the settings for viewing your contacts.

  4. Choose the List By command to specify how contacts are sorted: by first name or last name.

    The Contacts app is configured to show contacts by first name.

  5. Choose Display Contacts By to specify how the contacts appear in the list: first name first or last name first.

    The Contacts app shows the contacts listed by first name first.

There’s no right or wrong way to display your contacts — only whichever method you’re used to.

Search contacts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab


Rather than endlessly scroll the Contacts list and run the risk of rubbing your fingers to nubs, you can employ the Galaxy Tab’s powerful Search command. Type the name you want to locate in the Find Contacts text box at the top of the screen. The list of contacts quickly narrows to show only the contacts that contain the text you type.

To clear a search, touch the X button, found at the right side of the Find Contacts text box.