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Adding a New Contact

Adding a new contact is super-simple—simply click the + button at the bottom of the left page, as indicated in Figure 4.2.

Tapping the + button opens a blank Info window and the onscreen keyboard, as shown in Figure 4.3.

Figure 4.3

Figure 4.3. The onscreen keyboard and a blank Info page.

Name—A blinking cursor will be placed in the First text box, but you can tap in another box (such as Last, Company, or Phone) to enter information elsewhere. I’m going to start by entering a new contact named Sally Mason.

Mobile Number—Next, I’ll enter the contact’s mobile phone number. I don’t have to tap the hyphen (-) key because the hyphen is automatically provided as I type out the number.

iPhone or Custom Number—After you enter a phone number, the Contacts app automatically adds a new phone number field labeled iPhone. Don’t worry—you can change this label by simply tapping it. A list of custom options appears, which allows you to choose Home, Work, Mobile, and other options.

Take a look to the left of each of the new phone numbers you’ve added and you’ll see two red circles with a minus sign inside. Tap one of these, and a red Delete button appears to the right of the number, as shown in Figure 4.4. Only tap the Delete button if you’re absolutely certain you want to remove the entry—you will not be asked to confirm the deletion.

Figure 4.4

Figure 4.4. Finishing out the phone numbers.

Figure 4.4 shows that I’ve continued to add more numbers, including a Twitter name and an extension number for this contact’s work number. This additional information will show up on a contact’s information page when you tap a contact’s name in the Contacts app.

Add Photo—To add a photo, simply tap the Add Photo button to the left of the contact’s name. You’ll be given two options: Choose Photo and Take Photo.

If your new contact is currently with you, simply ask them for permission to take the photo, press the Take Photo button, and hold the iPad up so you can see your contact’s smiling face on the screen. Tap the green button with the camera icon on it, as shown in Figure 4.5.

Figure 4.5

Figure 4.5. Take a photo to add to your new contact’s Info page.

If you’re happy with the photo, tap the Use Photo button that now appears in place of the green button or tap the Retake button to try again. After tapping the Use Photo button, the new image will be added to the left of the contact’s name.

If you already have a photo of your contact stored on your iPad, tap the Choose Photo button and then select the Camera Roll option that appears. A collection of thumbnails will appear, as shown in Figure 4.6.

Figure 4.6

Figure 4.6. Select an existing photo to add to a contact’s entry.

Tap a thumbnail to select that image and then move it around with your finger to center it in the box. Tap the Use button in the upper-right corner, as shown in Figure 4.7, and your selected photo will be added to the contact’s Info page.

Figure 4.7

Figure 4.7. Center your selected photo and tap Use.

Email Address—Adding an email address works just like adding a phone number—when you add one, another blank text box will appear below it. In this manner, you can add email addresses for home, work, and other. You can even create a custom label.

Figure 4.8 shows that I’ve added a home and work email as well as a custom label (tap Add Custom Label to create your own).

Figure 4.8

Figure 4.8. Additional email addresses can be added as needed.

Once again, red dots appear to the left of the email addresses so you can delete any or all if necessary.

Ringtone and Text Tone—Scroll down a little more, and you’ll see the Ringtone and Text Tone boxes. These allow you to assign specific sounds that are heard when that contact calls you or sends you a message. (I’ll cover the Messages app in Chapter 10, “Apps for Instant Communication.”) To be honest, these aren’t all that useful for the iPad, but they are great if you’re an iPhone user. Feel free to experiment with them by tapping the current selection; a pop-up window will appear like the one shown in Figure 4.9 that you can scroll up and down. Tap a ringtone name to select it and hear it play; Marimba is the default, if you want to switch back to the original sound.

Figure 4.9

Figure 4.9. Change ringtones for individual contacts.

Website—Does your contact have a website? If so, you can enter that information in the Home Page text box.

As with phone numbers and email addresses, you can add more than one website, including changing the label to home, work, or other. You can even create your own custom label.

Mailing Addresses—Scroll down the Info page a little more and you’ll reach the Add New Address text box. Here’s where you can enter your contact’s mailing address (street, city, state, ZIP code, and country). Once you enter the first street address, a second Street text box will appear below it should you need it.

Below the first mailing address you’ll see a green circle with a plus sign inside. Tap it to add another mailing address. You can always tap the existing label to view a pop-up list that offers additional labels, plus the ability to create a custom label.

Add Field—Tap the green circle to the left of the Add Field button, and a scrollable list will appear like the one shown in Figure 4.10.

Figure 4.10

Figure 4.10. Additional fields can be selected or created.

Scroll through this list, and you’ll see many options—birthday, related people, date (this one is used for an anniversary), and more.

When you choose to add a new field, the new field doesn’t always appear at the bottom of the Info page. For example, when I selected Job Title from the Add Field list, a new field was added below this contact’s last name, as shown in Figure 4.11.

Figure 4.11

Figure 4.11. New fields are placed in different locations.

Figure 4.12 shows where I scrolled back down to the bottom of the Info page so that you can see I’ve added this contact’s anniversary date. Below that, I’ve tapped the Add Field button and selected Instant Message from the scrolling list. This adds a new field that can hold a username for any of the popular instant messaging services such as AIM or MSN Messenger. You can tap the service name and get a scrollable pop-up list of other services. I selected Skype as the Instant Messaging service and added a Skype user name. (Additional services include Facebook and Yahoo! Messenger, but you can also create a custom service name.)

Figure 4.12

Figure 4.12. Add more information, such as special services.

Notes—The Notes field is nothing more than a scratch pad of sorts—you can type anything you like inside. Type a bit of text and then tap the Return button to move to the next line. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to how much you can type, but obviously the more concise the information is, the less scrolling you’ll have to do when you’re viewing the contact’s Info page.

After tapping the Done button, I’m returned to the Contacts app and my new contact is displayed on the right side of the screen, as shown in Figure 4.13. (Alternatively, I can click the big red Delete Contact button to delete the entire listing.)

Figure 4.13

Figure 4.13. The new contact’s Info page is displayed.

Depending on how much information you entered, the new contact’s Info page might scroll up and down. I’ve entered quit a bit of info on this contact, so I have to scroll all the way up to see her phone numbers and email addresses and all the way down to see the notes.

Speaking of scrolling all the way down, notice the four new buttons at the very bottom of the contact’s Info page: Send Message, FaceTime, Share Contact, and Add to Favorites, all shown in Figure 4.14. I’ll go over these buttons in just a moment, but I’d also like to point you to the Edit button at the bottom of the same screen.

Figure 4.14

Figure 4.14. Five buttons are available at the bottom of a contact’s Info page.

If you select a contact from the left side of the screen and scroll down the displayed Info page on the right, tap the Edit button to reopen the Info screen and make any changes you like, including deleting entries. Just remember to click the Done button when your edits are finished.

There is a shortcut, however, if all you wish to do is delete a bit of info on a contact’s Info page. All you have to do is place your finger on the line containing the info you wish to delete and then swipe left. When you do this, a Delete button will appear to the right of the line you’ve swiped (see Figure 4.15).

Figure 4.15

Figure 4.15. There’s a shortcut to delete information from an Info page.

Tap the Delete button, and that bit of information is gone. The only way to add it back is to select the contact again, tap the Edit button, and add the deleted information once more.

Okay, now let’s return to those four new buttons at the bottom of a contact’s Info page. I’ll go over each of them in their own sections next.

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