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OS X Lion: Automatically detect dates, locations, and contacts

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Automatically detect dates, locations, and contacts

Many applications can automatically recognize dates, locations, and contact data, and make it easy for you to save this information in your address book and calendar. This feature is called “data detectors.”

Enable automatic detection

You may need to enable data detection in some applications. To do so, choose Edit > Substitutions > Data Detectors, making sure that a checkmark appears next to Data Detectors.

Add contacts to Address Book

  1. In a email message or document, move the pointer over a phone number, email address, or street address anywhere in the text.

    The data is highlighted as a field with a pop-up menu.

  2. Click the arrow and choose an option from the pop-up menu. For example, you can add the data to an existing contact or create a new contact. If you’re connected to the Internet, you can map an address.

Add events to iCal

  1. In a email message or document, move the pointer over a date or time anywhere in the text.

    The data is highlighted as a field with a pop-up menu.

  2. Click the arrow to display a preview of the date.
  3. To add the event to an iCal calendar, click “Add to iCal.”
  4. To edit the event before adding it to an iCal calendar, click Edit. When you’re done editing, click Create to add the event to the calendar.
Last Modified: Oct 30, 2013
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