Contacts and Calendars
In addition to email services, most webmail providers also offer an online calendar and address book. These features make it easy to stay organized and access your important information from anywhere.
In this lesson, you'll learn more about the basics of online calendars and contacts lists using examples from a few common webmail providers such as Yahoo! and Gmail.
Online contacts lists help you organize contact information for your friends, family, and coworkers, just like an address book. Once people are added to your contacts list, it's easy to access their information anytime and anywhere.
Review the examples below to become familiar with the basic features and advantages of online contacts lists.
It's easy to add people to your contacts list. When you create a new contact, you should (at the very least) enter a first and last name, as well as an email address. However, you can also enter other information, like phone numbers, home address, and more. In most email accounts, the name and email of anyone you correspond with will be added to your contacts list automatically.
Once you've added people to your contacts list, you'll never have to worry about remembering an email address. Whenever you create a new email, you can select the To or Add Recipients button.
Then choose recipients from your contacts list. The contacts' email addresses will be added automatically to the message. You'll even be able to use the same contact information for other webmail services, like instant messaging and calendar sharing.
Most email services will also autocomplete or suggest an email address when you start typing, as long as it's an address that's already been saved in your contacts.
If you already have a lot of contacts saved in another web-based service, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, it's easy to link them between accounts, which can save you a lot of time. For example, you could import your Facebook contacts to your webmail service or use your existing contacts list to search for friends on Facebook.
If you frequently connect with the same group of people, you can create contact groups for quick access. This allows you to quickly sort your contacts by type. For example, you might use one group to organize your personal contacts and another for professional contacts.