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Contacts on the Mac lets you add additional pre-formatted and customized fields.Contacts

These fields can hold either text, numerical or web data.

To add a pre-formatted field:

  • Open Contacts
  • Go to Contacts in the Menu Bar and choose Preferences.
  • Select Template
  • Click the Add Field drop-down menu. The menu shows 18 pre-formatted fields. Any fields shown in black are not yet in use.
Contacts - Add Field
  • If you find a field that suits your needs, select it, and it will be added to the Contact template.
  • Click the red cherry button to close Preferences. You are done.
To add a custom field:
  • Open Contacts
  • Go to Contacts in the Menu Bar and choose Preferences.
  • Select Template

As an example, we will add a new field called Category. The best way to do this is to select a pre-formatted field and then customize it.

  • Click the Add Field drop-down menu. Any fields shown in black are not yet in use. You can only customize 10 of these fields as follows:
    • Text: Related Name or Address
    • Numerical: Phone, Birthday or Dates
    • Web Data: Email, URL , Instant Message, Twitter or Profile.
  • As we need a text field, choose Related Name. Once chosen, this field appears on the Contact template.

Contacts - Add Related Name

  • Clicking on the toggle arrows after Mother, reveals a drop-down menu. Choose Custom…
  • A box appears asking for a custom label. Type in Category and click OK.

Contacts - Add Custom Label

  • The new Category field now appears on the template.
  • Click the red cherry button to close Preferences. You are done.

Some things to remember:

  • Although the iCloud syncs contacts with custom fields, it does not sync the template between Macs. If you have more than one Mac, you need to adjust the template on each one so they all match.
  • Although custom fields appear in iOS 6, any new contact created on an iOS 6 device will not let you populate a custom field. You have to do this later on your Mac.

If you have questions or need Mac, iPhone or iPad help call No Problem Mac at 310-621-5679.

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