How to Add Contacts to the Windows 8 People App

Although the Windows 8 People app loves to reach its fingers into any online crevice you toss its way, you can easily add people the old-fashioned way, typing them in by hand.

To add somebody to the People app, which makes those names available in your Mail and Messaging apps, follow these steps:

1

Click the People tile on the Start screen.

The People app automatically stocks itself with friends listed in your online social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

2

Right-click on a blank part of the People app, and the App bar rises from the program’s bottom edge. Then click the New icon.

A blank New Contact form makes its appearance.

3

Fill out the New Contact form.

Most of the choices are self-explanatory fields such as Name, Address, Email, and Phone. Click the Other Info button on the right to add items such as a job title, website, significant other, or notes.

The biggest challenge comes with the Account field, an option seen only by people who’ve entered more than one e-mail account into the Mail app. Which e-mail account should receive the new contact?

The answer hinges mainly on which cellphone you own. Choose your Google account if you use an Android phone, so your newly added account will appear on your Android phone’s contacts list.

Choose the Microsoft account if you use a Microsoft phone, so the contact will appear there.

4

Click the Save button.

The People app dutifully saves your new contact. If you spot a mistake, however, you may need to go back and edit the information.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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