Visuals are extremely helpful, especially when you’re trying to differentiate between a lot of text information.
Consider your contacts list, which could have hundreds, maybe even thousands of people’s information in it. Sure, you can break them up into groups and just search for the contacts you want, but there is a neat way to find what you’re looking for using the Emoji keyboard that’s now included in OS X (and iOS).
First of all, launch your Contacts app and find a contact (or three) that you want to customize with a little Emoji character. I chose my Family contact group for ease of illustrating my point.
Click on the Edit button in the lower right corner of the contact page. Next, click into the last name of your contact, and place the cursor at the beginning of their last name.
Click on the Edit menu in your menu bar and choose Special Characters, or hit the keyboard combination you have set up for that. This will drop down the Emoji selection window, and you can choose whichever character you’d like with just a click.
This process has the advantage of using their last name as an initial, as in “Rob L,” only the initial will now be that Emoji character.
Click done when you’re finished, and do the same for as many contacts as you’d like.
Now, whenever that person contacts you, or calls/messages you on OS X or iOS, you’ll see their first name and their last initial, which is a cute little Emoji character. Do this with the people you contact the most and you’ll be associating that little face or symbol with their name in no time, making scrolling through lists of your contacts in OS X just a bit more visually easy.
Via: OS X Daily