Two Contact Info Auto-Complete Shortcuts – Share Yours!

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Yesterday I shared two tips with a friend of mine and it blew his mind. They were nothing special but I then realized how much I rely on them. These shortcuts are simple ways to make searching for contacts easier when you are composing and email or finding a contact in the address book or phone. They are simple to use and some/many of you may already be using them. I thought I would share mine to open up a dialog and have everybody share their own auto-complete tips! So here we go:

Easily access contacts that you need frequently:

I have about 9 or 10 contacts programmed with two letter combinations before their first name. For example, when I send an email to myself I simply type “rh” and my contact comes up first. That way when it auto completes I don’t need to type any more characters. I do this by simply editing the contact to be have “RH – Ronen” in the first name field. I have played with a few ways to do this but putting it in the first name field gives it the highest priority. If you put it in the Title field it will also work but will rank lower than other contacts that start with those same two letters. It is the same if you put it in the Company field. Either way it saves me tons of time as a sort of QuickDial for contacts.

Search for contacts based on the first letter of their first and then last name or other combinations:

This is a neat search trick I have started using recently for contacts where I don’t have two letter combinations setup. You simply just type the first letter of their first name, then a space, and then the first letter of their last name. They will automatically show up along with any other contact with the same combination. This is a bit tricky since it also counts the letters in any part of the Company name field but you can use that to your advantage. For example, for myself I could simply type “r h” instead of typing “ronen h” since I know more than one Ronen. :)

So I laid my secrets out. What are your auto complete address shortcut tips? Better yet send use your shortcuts through our contact us page and if they are good we will feature them here!

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  1. I didn’t even know you could do that. Thanks for the tip.

  2. You can write B and T separated by a space and would fetch the name by initials. I always filter names by initials since my 8300 days. :P

  3. That’s a great tip :)

  4. Good idea with adding the initials to the start of the first name field. I never thought of that. Cuts down on that nasty third keystroke. :) I’m all about efficiency and if you know tricks like these you can speed things up quite a bit. The second tip mentioned above, I use all the time. I usually type the first initial and then start typing the last name until I have it narrowed down.

    I discovered that you can set your address book to prioritize certain fields. You can set it to sort by First name, Last name or Company. Its set to sort by first name by default so I assume thats why that field takes priority over others. Setting it to sort by company could be useful if you are looking for a bunch of people in the same organization. To change these settings go to your address book (shortcut key A), hit menu and select Options–>General options. From there you can change the ‘Sort by’ settings I just mentioned.

  5. You can actually use “Nickname” field for shortcut. :) So you don’t “ruin” display of names in address book.

  6. looks good, when i get sick of xobni ill try this out.

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