When viewing a message in Mail, you can hove over a name and address to reveal a little ‘Data Detector’ icon. Clicking this icon lets you create a contact of the highlighted Name and info. However, if you first select some text and then use the data detector, the selected text is attached to the […]
Like iOS 5′s support for tracking numbers, OS X Mail’s support for data detectors means that it can quickly display package tracking info with a popover. Just move your mouse over the tracking number, and Mail should highlight it with an action arrow. Click that and behold your package’s progress. I believe this feature arrived […]
If you see a date like “December 7” or “11/20/2011” linked in apps like Mail or Safari, it means you can tap it to do something with it. You can create a new Calendar event right in the app your using, copy the date to your clipboard, or switch to the Calendar app to reveal […]
Mail Tip: When using data detectors (introduced in 10.5 Leopard) to create iCal appointments from Mail messages, highlight some text first in order to have it automatically inserted as a note in your new event.
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