Looking for a specific person in your contacts list? You don’t need to open the macOS or iOS Contacts app — just use Spotlight.
On macOS, hit CMD+SPACEBAR and type in the first and last name of the person you’re looking for. You’ll see the entire contact card previewed on the right-hand side, just like it’s shown in the Contacts app, and you can interact with it the same way to place a call, send an email, or look up an address in Maps. If you want to open it up in the Contacts app, however, to make edits, for instance, you can simply double-click on the result or press return.
On your iPhone or iPad, swipe down from the home screen (or press CMD+SPACEBAR if using an external keyboard), and type in the contact name, where you’ll see a brief card with buttons for FaceTime, Messages, or placing a call. Tapping on the card will bring up the full contact details just like they appear in the Contacts app, but without actually leaving Spotlight. You can also use haptic touch on the contact card to bring up a full menu of action options, including sending an email or a payment via Apple Pay.