Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing contacts in the People app, part of Windows 8.1 Essential Training.
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If you're like many people these days, you need to stay connected. Not just to your contacts in your email accounts, but also social networking accounts, like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Wouldn't it be nice if we had one convenient location where we could manage all of those contacts, see all of their information in one location. All of their notifications their feeds and so on. It's called the People app, and that's what we're going to look at right now here in Windows 8.1. Before we click the people tile on the start screen.
We should take note of how we're logged into our Windows 8 account. In the top right hand corner, I see my name and image, and that means I'm logged in using my Windows Live account. I know that because it's what I use to get into Windows 8.1. That means I'm automatically connected already through the People app to those contacts in my Hotmail account. So, if your'e logged in using a Windows Live account, a Microsoft account or something else, you'll have access and a connection to those contacts automatically. That's why when we now go to the people tile, and click once to launch it, you're going to see your own information, depending on how you're logged in, that's the image I set up in my Hotmail account, and I have access to that information by clicking the image, or the link, titled Me.
Also I'm going to be able to see notifications from, other people in my mail, and social networking accounts, by adding those accounts, which we'll do momentarily. And I'm going to see that information down below. Currently I'm not seeing any notifications. We also have that Favorites area, for contacts you'd like to get in touch with, most often. Down below a What's New area, to see friends' posts and more. We also have an All Contacts link that allows us to go into our contacts list. Remember, they'll all be combined from the various accounts that we connect to.
And we can narrow it down or filter it down by using the directory. We can also search for our contacts, and down in the bottom right-hand corner is what you're going to see in the way of connections. Currently, I'm connected to my MIcrosoft account. That's what I use to log in to Windows 8.1, it's a default account. I can't disconnect from it, but I can add other connections. I have a Skype connection down here; you may also, if you have a Skype account, which is now part of Microsoft. Because I'm already logged into my Skype account, it appears here as well.
Let's talk about what we see when we right-click anywhere in an empty space. We see some options for adding new contacts manually, that's the long way. We can actually access our contacts by adding accounts and just automatically seeing our contacts We also have some options at the top. We can always get back to this screen which is called the Home Screen by clicking Home. We can go directly to our own information by clicking Me. Or focus in on the What's New section that we see down below by clicking What's New.
And we can also get to All Contacts from here as well. It's also appearing right here on our Home screen. So, for example, if we go to What's new, that's all we're going to be looking at. Currently, there's nothing to see until we start adding accounts. Notice we can go to settings to start adding those accounts or click OK directly from here. But let's go back to our home screen by right-clicking and clicking Home. Now to get to our settings, we now we have hot corners in the top and bottom right hand corners of our screen. That allows us to get to the charms which include settings.
We can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows+I, either way we're going to be looking at settings for, the People app, because that's the app we're working with. Now we're going to go to Accounts, and here's where we can start adding accounts. So you might see accounts that are already connected, but you can add additional accounts. Just so you know, if you're using a Windows account or a Microsoft account to log into Windows 8.1, and when you select it from here, you'll see some options, but notice you can't remove that account. We'll click back and talk about adding accounts now.
We'll add one to get you into the groove of how it's done. Notice the different options. It could be outlook.com, including Hotmail accounts. Live.com, that's what I'm using. Could be your Facebook, Twitter, exchange, Google, LinkedIn accounts and so on. Let's work with a popular one, Facebook. Now, by clicking Facebook, we'll be connecting to that service. And of course, there are some steps to go through to get connected. First of all, you'll see some information about what's going to happen when we connect to Facebook.
We're connecting it to our default account. In my case, my Hotmail account. You can find out more about what happens by clicking the drop down here, or you could simply click Connect. Now you'll be prompted for some information. You'll need your Facebook log in. I'm using my firstname.lastname@example.org account. And all I need now is my password. If I want, I can stay logged in. You can choose to check that off or uncheck it, which means you won't have to go through the log in process each time you go back to Windows 8.
I'm going to keep myself logged in so I always have access to those contacts, and click log in. When I click log in, that's exactly what happens, I'm logging into Facebook, but I'm in the people app, which means any contacts I have in Facebook, are now going to be available to me in the people app. Not just information about them, but also their notifications, their friend requests, feeds for example. Now, I can't add another account from here, but I can go back to settings to add additional accounts when I click done.
There's one more step here, and this is new to Windows 8.1, and that is to remember your sign-in info. By letting Windows remember your sign-in name and password, you'll never have to do it again, it's stored. And of course, you can see it can be used with other apps, as well. So you won't need to enter it again. I'm going to skip this so I still have access to that. That takes me back to my Home screen. And in a moment I might see notifications showing up. I might see stuff from Facebook down below, which is now one of the connections.
Notice down the bottom right-hand corner, that logo also appears as a connection. And I can continue adding additional ones. When we go to All contacts, the contacts we see now, I see my email@example.com, there's David Rivers. Eventually, I'm going to see additional contacts showing up from my Facebook account. It's not instantaneous, so I may have to wait a few moments for that to show up. So I'm going to go back to my Home screen now.
Favorites can be added. So if there's certain contacts that you want to be in touch with on a regular basis, you want to have quick and easy access to them, click the star. And that will take you into your contacts, where you can start adding them. Notice it's syncing up right now. And there's my new Facebook guy, Mark LaCie. That's the guy I want to be in touch with on a regular basis. I click Mark's tile, click add, and I have a new favorite. So, I'll have to do now to go into communicate or connect with Mark is to click his tile.
Notice I can go to the Facebook profile, he's part of Facebook. I can remove him from favorites by clicking the favorites star here. And I can also link up those contacts as well. I can write on Mark's wall in Facebook. I'm going to go right back to my Home screen by clicking the back button and go to All contacts. And try firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, that's a different connection. When I click that contact, I get different options. This is a Hotmail Messenger one. You notice there's no Messenger tile on your start screen.
You do it from here now, right from you People app you can send messages, emails. Again, I can add this person as a favorite and I'm going to do that. And there are some additional contacts that I can link up with here. And I'll go go back, back again, takes me to my home screen. There's my new favorite, Mark was removed so I'm only seeing the one. want to get Mark back, no problem. I'm going to add Mark back by selecting him. And I have a new favorites category here, in this directory. So you can have multiple favorites showing.
Always you'll have a tile representing a new favorite that you might want to add. When you want to disconnect from an account. Maybe I don't want to be connected to Facebook anymore. I need to go back to my settings, I can also click Connected to right down here to skip that step, so we'll do that, takes up my accounts. There they are, there's Facebook. When I click Facebook, you'll notice, I can't actually remove it from here, I have to manage this account online. Remember, mine's connected to my Hotmail account.
So when I click Manage this online, Internet Explorer opens up in the right-hand side. And here's where I'll see options for removing this connection completely. So I no longer have my Hotmail account connected to my Facebook account by removing this. I don't actually want to do that, so all I'm going to do is go over here to the center divider when I see the double arrow. Click and drag it to the right, to focus in on my People app. Of course when I'm done, I can close it up by dragging it from the top when I see the hand.
I can go up to the top lefthand corner, drag down to see the switcher. Look at all the things I have running here. And if I want to switch, for example, to Internet Explorer, perfect, I can go back up here and close these down. So I'm going to close up my Internet Explorer after I close up the People app by right-clicking. In choosing Close. I'm going to go back to my Home Screen, back up to the top left corner. There's Internet Explorer right at the top, and that's the one that I want to close by right-clicking and closing.
Go back to my Start Screen, that's where it will continue in the next movie.
- Using touch screens and gestures
- Organizing files and folders
- Managing your inbox with the Mail app
- Working with photos
- Managing contacts in the People app
- Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
- Getting connected to other PCs and devices
- Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
- Using parental controls to block unwanted content
- Printing from Windows 8
- Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
- Keeping file backups with File History