If you use Gmail as your email system, then Google also gives you an address book, which they call Contacts. This is not the same as the address book in Thunderbird or Outlook etc, which is saved on your local computer. Instead, the Google address book is saved on the internet, in your Google account.
Google Contacts is tightly linked to your Gmail account, and the way that most people access it is by:
- Going to Gmail
- Clicking on the Contacts button in the left-sidebar.
But you can go straight into your Google Contacts, without having to load Gmail first. And I often find that it is faster, especially if I just want to look up an address or phone number and not send an email.
To go directly into your Google Contacts book, just type www.google.com/contacts into the address-bar of your web-browser.
This is easy - but some people would prefer to have a button that they can click, rather than having to manually type an address.
freely used on any website, so long as you say where it came from in the way that I've shown below.
(If you a wondering "why on earth would anyone want that" - then please don't waste time reading further - you are clearly not the target audience of this post! I know that there are some people who will be delighted with the idea, and that's who I'm writing for today.)
How to add a Google Contacts button to your blog or website
If you want to add it to some other type of blog or website, then you need to use whatever procedure is required to add 3rd-party HTML to your site.
Add the codeThe HTML code to add is:
<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.google.com/contacts" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_wwYm348HsY/U8BhN2lGEbI/AAAAAAAAS3o/FZNKRbtsiBk/s490/google-contacts-icon.png" width="50%" /><!-- Google Contacts Start button from www.Blogger-hints-and-tips.blogspot.com Design © Blogger Hints-an-Tips, 2014. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) --> </a></div>
Make sure you all all the code, including the Creative Commons license information - this is what says you are allowed to use the picture.
Configure the sizeYou can change the size of the button by changing the number in this statement:
width="98%"On my sidebar in Blogger-Hint-and-tips, I have it set to 50%.
You can use either a percentage value, as shown, or a pixels or em measure, for example
Job done!Save the change in the usual way, and you will have a button on your website which opens Google Contacts
How to add a Google Contacts button to your computer / laptop / desktopThis is a little more difficult to describe, because it depends on exactly what computer and operating system you have, and what you mean by adding the button "to your computer". But here are some options.
Browser FavoritesOne option is to go to www.google.com/contacts and then before you do anything else save it to the Favourites section in your browser - and then you know you can get to Contacts using your regular internet button and choosing it from your favourites.
In the Windows desktopRight click on your desktop
- Choose New
- Choose Shortcut
- In the screen that asks what you want the shortcut to, enter www.google.com/contacts
- Click Next
- Enter the Name you want the link to have, eg "Google Contacts", and click Finish
The shortcut that is added to your desktop has a standard internet picture. To change it to another
- Download this file to your computer, and save it somewhere.
- Right click on the shortcut that was created, and choose Properties.
- Choose Change Icon
- Choose the file that you saved in step 1
Note: these instructions were prepared using Windows 8 - they may vary slightly for earlier versions. But the same general approach applies.
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