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If your Windows 8 People app’s a little crowded with the 2,835 people you follow on Twitter, you can remove them. In fact, you can remove any or all of the social accounts that you’ve added to Windows 8.

To remove any account, follow these steps:

  1. Open the app containing the accounts you’d like to delete, either Mail or People.

  2. Fetch the Charms bar and click the Settings icon.

  3. Click the Accounts setting; when the Accounts pane appears, click the name of the account you want to delete.

    The Accounts pane changes to show the settings of your chosen account. (You can’t delete your Windows account, but others are fair game.)

  4. When the pane displays the account’s settings, click the Remove Account button at the pane’s bottom edge.

    For some accounts, Step 4 takes you to yet another settings area. When removing Facebook from the People app, for example, Step 4 takes you to a site online where you can choose exactly what types of Facebook information you want to share with the People app. (Or you can sever ties by clicking the Remove This Connection Completely link.)

    When you delete an account with these steps, you’re nixing any interaction. Removing Facebook, for example, removes your Facebook friends from the People app and deletes any of their birthdays or invited events from your Calendar app. Your account on Facebook stays intact; it simply stops sharing information with Windows 8 apps.

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

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