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Settings Tweaks

Back in Chapter 3, I introduced you to the Settings app. The Settings app can be a bit overwhelming if you’ve never used it before, so once again I’ll ask you to just follow along with my instructions if you want to keep the information overload to a minimum. I’ll continue to show you how to use the Settings app where it’s applicable in each chapter. You’ll be happy to know that the Settings app has a very short list of options for the Contacts app.

Go ahead and tap the Home button to close down the Contacts app. Find and tap the Settings app and then look down the left-side list of options until you see the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option, shown in Figure 4.17.

Figure 4.17

Figure 4.17. The Mail, Contacts, Calendars option in Settings.

Tap the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option and you’ll see way more information on the right side of the screen than you probably care to view. Don’t worry about all that stuff—just scroll down the right side (by swiping a single finger upward on the screen) until you see the section labeled Contacts.

There are three options here: Sort Order, Display Order, and My Info.

Sort Order—If you tap Sort Order, you can select between sorting your contacts by their first or last names. The default is to sort by last name and then to resort to first name if no last name exists. But if you prefer to view all contacts in your list by their first names, select First, Last as the option.

Display Order—Tap the Mail, Contacts, Calendar option to return to the Contacts section and then tap the Display Order option. Once again, you can choose between First, Last or Last, First for the order in which you want names displayed. If you choose Last, First, contact names running down the left side of the Contacts app will be displayed with the last name followed by the first name.

My Info—Once again, tap the Mail, Contacts, Calendar option to return to the Contacts section. This time, tap the My Info option. Here, you can select your own contact information in the Contacts app. If you haven’t added yourself to the Contacts app, go ahead and do so—having your information in there is useful for other apps that can access this information. I go over this in more detail later in the book where this info will be useful.

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