Mac Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact’s Groups

You probably know that Apple’s Contacts app lets you create “Groups” of people, and you might also know that a given person can be in multiple groups. For example, you might have a Family group, a Soccer Team group, and a Christmas Card group, and your brother might be in all three of them. That’s pretty neat, but unless you have an incredible memory there’s no way you’re going to remember which groups your brother is in. And there’s no indication in the Contacts app that a given person is in any group at all, let alone an indication of which one(s).

No indication, that is, unless you press the Option key. Of course.

In the picture below I’ve found a person’s card, clicked on it in the “Name” column, and then held down the Option key.

Contacts with the Option key held down
Contacts with the Option key held down

That produces the blue highlighting in the Groups column (at the left), letting us know in an instant that Mom is in the “Mass email list” group, the “iPhone Owner” group, among others. Let’s face it, that’s pretty cool. You should try it. It only takes one finger.

Note: this also works in Contacts’ predecessor, “Address Book.” Except the highlighting is yellow. FYI.

Address Book with yellow highlighting (with the Option key)
Address Book with yellow highlighting (with the Option key)

And that’s four.

Read 'em all:
Mac Option Key tip #1: the WiFi Menu
Mac Option Key tip #2: the Battery Status Menu
Mac Option Key tip #3: Close All Finder Windows
Mac Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact's Groups
Mac Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way
Mac Option Key tip #6: Option-Drag
Mac Option Key tip #7: Option-Click
Mac Option Key tip #8: Option-Empty Trash
Mac Option Key tip #9: Special Characters
Mac Option Key tip #10: One-click System Information
Mac Option Key tip #11: Delete a Messages conversation with one click
Mac Option Key tip #12: Open your Library folder

ONE MORE (on my One-Minute Macman site): How to temporarily turn off Notifications on a Mac quickly and easily

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