How to get more from Apple Address Book cards
Mac Tip #412, 25 November 2009
Apple Address Book cards have some features you might not realise are there. Click on field labels to see some of the actions the Address Book can help you with.
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Work with cards in the Address Book
When you add someone to your Apple Address Book their details appear on a card.
Items such as Phone Number and Address each have a label beside them. That label is a button that give you quick access to contextual actions, such as displaying a phone number in large type.
Add a photo to a card
Find a photo in the Finder and drag it onto an Address Book card. That adds the photo to the card. When you drag it in you can set the zoom level.
Add a web address from Safari
To quickly add an URL to a card first open the URL in Safari and leave the Safari window open.
Select the correct card in the ADdress Book and choose
Add URL from Safari from the
Card menu. The URL is automatically added to the selected card. Click the URL on the card to visit it in your default browser.
Call up a Google Map
Click the label beside an address on a card and choose
Map this Address from the contextual menu. Your default web browser opens and takes you to the address in Google Maps.
In my experiments this did not always work correctly. I couldn’t see why it worked for some cards but not others.
See a phone number in large type
Click the label beside a phone number on a card and choose
Show in Large Type from the contextual menu. The phone number appears in a huge size white font on a transparent gray background in the middle of your screen. Click the large type phone number to get rid of it.
Address an email
Click the label beside an email address on a card and choose
Send Email from the contextual menu. Your default email application opens up with the selected address inserted in the
Use a Company name
A card can be either ‘personal’ or a ‘company’ card. For example, you might list me under
Miraz Jordan or under
Edit button at the bottom of a card to edit it. Then check the box beside
Company near the top of the card. The icon in the Name list now changes to buildings, rather than a card, and the card is sorted under the company name, rather than the individual’s name.
Just a sampler
The Apple Address book has quite a few features tucked away; these are just some of the most useful. Would you like another Tip to explore more of the Address Book? What’s your favourite Address Book tip?
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