Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing contacts in the People app, part of Windows 8 Essential Training.
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If you're like so many people these days who are connected and active in the social networking scene, you're going to love this next app. It's called the People App and it allows you to stay connected to various contacts, and mail accounts, and other accounts like Facebook, and Twitter, LinkedIn, and others. So we're going to take a look at the People App now. Find the tile on your start screen and give it a click. If it's your very first time using this app and you haven't set up your account yet, you'll be prompted to do so and then you'll see something different from what I'm seeing here.
You'll see a list of options down the left-hand side, things you can connect to such as Facebook and Twitter. You can take care of all of that first. Now, if you've gone in here and even browsed around ever so slightly, all of that disappears and you see something like what I'm looking at right now. You'll see People at the top, the title and then you might see your own icon representing you, and any new posts and so on if you're connected. The only connection that I have is a default connection. You can see it in the top right-hand corner to the Microsoft Network, and that's because my Windows account uses a Hotmail account.
I'm automatically connected to that and that's why I'm seeing an actual contact; a contact I added in the Mail App earlier, it appears here in People. So, how do we get connected? That's the first thing we're going to do. We need to access the Settings. And as you may remember, the Windows keyboard shortcut is Windows and the letter I or you can go to either the top-right or bottom left-hand hot corner and select Settings from the Charms. Either way, you're going to be looking at Settings for People. Right at the top is Accounts.
Clicking Accounts allows you to add new accounts aside from the default account, which is automatically connected for you. And that is my Hotmail account and that's why I'm seeing my only contact, email@example.com, something I added from the Mail App earlier. But, here's where we go to add an account. Let's click it. We can add Facebook, Twitter, Outlook, LinkedIn, even Google. So, let's say you have a Facebook account. You can follow along with me if you do. If not, just take a look, and see how easy it is to stay in touch with your Facebook friends using the People App.
So you'll see some information about what you can do with this connection; chat with your Facebook friends, see their updates here. And in other apps and websites where you use this Microsoft account, you'll be able to see that information as well. Click the link. You'll see some more information about all the things you can do with this connection. You can also see what control you have and what is shared. If you're okay with that, click Connect, and then you'll be prompted for some information; your email or phone. This is for your Facebook account.
So, I'm going to type-in firstname.lastname@example.org, my temporary account, and your password. Just like before, there's an eye icon here if you want to see what you're typing. Otherwise, it is hidden from view. If you want to keep logged in, you can do that from here as well. So let's click Log In. If you don't have a Facebook account, notice you can actually create one from here as well. So, clicking Log In not only logs you into your Facebook account, but it also connects you in the People App.
So, there's some information here, Request for Permission. You can see some notices down the left-hand side. Microsoft wants to connect. Let's allow that, and we'll be connecting to a service. So, all we need to do now is wait a moment for that connection to happen, and you're ready to go. If we wanted to add more accounts, we can do that. You can see there's information about adding accounts. Otherwise, we're done. If we click Done, we'll arrive back at our original screen now connected to Facebook.
So, under Social, you'll see things start to happen here like friends' posts and more. If we go down to the bottom-right or top-right corner and access Settings again, some of the other options appear under the Options heading. You can sort your contacts by last name. That changes the sort order. By default, it's turned off. I'm going to turn that on. Filter your contacts as well. So, if you wanted to hide your Facebook ones, deselect that checkbox, and they disappear.
Click it again, and they come back. So, it's just a way to filter out contacts. If you want to see them all, leave everything checked off, and as you continue to add accounts, you'll see more of those accounts here with checkmarks in them. Let's go back. Other Settings include Permissions. So, if you go down to Permissions for example, you'll see some information about your Permissions in your internet connection. Let's just click anywhere off to the left of the Settings screen where we go back to our People App.
Now we can view notifications, see what's new in Facebook as it happens. Also, look at our contacts from the various accounts all in one place. Right-click anywhere and the App Bar opens up. You can see some options down here. We can always go back to the Home screen by clicking Home which is where we are right now. But, if I went to a contact for example and started reading information, notice there's a scrollbar now if I want to scroll over. Again, right-clicking and choosing Home is going to take me back to my Start.
Right-click again, and let's go down to the bottom right-hand corner this time. You'll notice something called Online only: Show only online contacts. So, you won't see contacts that are not part of the online community. Over here we have New where we can add new contacts. Adding your own contacts manually typically will not be online contacts but just information let's say you have in an address book, and you want to be able to access it from here. So, clicking New allows you to type-in if there is an account, a first name, a last name, company name.
You can see all of the information including addresses, phone numbers, other info. Just click a Plus (+) sign to be able to choose other info for example that you want to be able to add about that contact, and then save it when you're done. We'll click Cancel. But, that's how you add your own contacts manually. When we're done, we can close this up again by moving our mouse to the top of the screen. When we see the hand, click, drag straight down to the bottom of your screen, and release. That takes us back to our start screen where we'll continue from here.
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