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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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The Contacts List

If you’ve read Chapter 4, then you know about the People app in TileWorld. It’s your master address book, and it eliminates the need to enter complete email addresses whenever you want to send a message.

But here’s a little-known fact: If you’ve downloaded Windows Live Mail, you can work with your contacts at the desktop, too. Click the Contacts button (lower left of the window), or press Ctrl+Shift+B; then, to begin adding names and email addresses, click Contact on the Ribbon.

Tip

Windows Live Mail offers a convenient timesaving feature: “Add sender to contacts” (right-click a message in the list). Whenever you choose it, Mail automatically stores the email address of the person whose message you clicked.

Mail uses this list to autocomplete email addresses that you start to type. Using the Ribbon buttons, you can have all kinds of other fun: you can edit your contacts (except the ones inherited from Facebook and other online sources); change the way they’re displayed; import or export addresses; incorporate corporate directories; create categories; and more.

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