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Mac at Work by David Sparks

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Chapter 6

Contacts and Calendars

As much as technology moves forward, everyone still needs a reliable address book and calendar. There are several tools for the Mac to help you manage this information. Some applications are dedicated to one task (like Apple’s Address Book) while others seek to manage contacts, calendars, and more (like Microsoft Outlook). This chapter takes a look at the best tools for managing calendars and contacts on your Mac.

Contacts

877005 ma0601.tif Apple’s built-in Address Book is a good tool for contact management. Shown in Figure 6-1, Address Book is a virtual version of that book of names and addresses everyone kept in a drawer a generation ago.

Figure 6-1

Apple’s Address Book

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You can create a new contact in Address Book by clicking the + (plus) iconic button below the names column in the left pane of Address Book or by pressing Command+N. The new contact field is shown in Figure 6-2.

Figure 6-2

A new contact in Address Book

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Address Book includes a default set of fields for each new contact but you can add fields by choosing Card Add Field. There are several additional useful fields. The Phonetic Last Name field, for example, is helpful if your contacts have unusual ...

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