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How to Add Contacts to Your Surface People App

The People app on your Surface tablet updates itself automatically, adding and dropping people as they enter or leave your social networks. When somebody doesn’t appear in your People app, you can add them in either of two ways:

  • Using any computer, add the missing people to the contacts list of one of your online accounts, like Gmail, Hotmail, or Outlook. Befriending them on Facebook does the trick, too, as does following them on Twitter. After a person appears in a social network or one of your linked online contacts lists, the People app automatically pulls that person’s details into your Surface.

  • Manually type your contact’s information into the People app. This isn’t a one-way street, either; the People app adds your hand-typed information to the online account of your choice, too.

To add a new contact to the People app, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Start screen’s People tile to load the People app.

    When the People app appears, make sure you’re on the home page: Slide your finger up from the screen’s bottom edge and tap the Home icon.

  2. Slide your finger up slightly from the screen’s bottom edge to fetch the App bar. Then tap the New icon.

    A blank New Contact form appears, ready for you to type in the contact’s details.

  3. Fill out the New Contact form.

    Type in your contact’s details, including name, address, e-mail, and phone. To add other information, tap the Other Info button. There, you can add tidbits like a job title, website, significant other, or notes that don’t fit anywhere else.

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    Did you add more than one online account into your People app? Then a tap on the Account field in the top left corner lets you choose which online account should also be updated with the new contact. (To update your phone’s contacts, choose the account associated with your phone, either Android or Microsoft.)

  4. Tap the Save button.

The People app saves your new contact, both on your Surface and on the account you chose in step 3.

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