Managing Contacts

To get to the contacts feature of Windows Live Mail, which is called Windows Live Contacts and runs in a separate application window, click Contacts in the lower left corner of Windows Live Mail—or press Ctrl+Shift+C .

Adding contacts is straightforward; click New, in the upper left corner of Windows Live Contacts, and enter data. The contact form is tabbed. Click Contact, right below Quick Add in the tab array at the left side of the window, to get to the most essential part of the form Here you can enter several phone numbers and e-mail addresses. If your contact has multiple e-mail addresses, use the Primary E-Mail Address drop-down list to specify which one Windows Live Mail should use as default.

Windows Live Contacts initially shows your contacts in a view comparable to Tiles in Windows Explorer. If you prefer a list, choose View, List. Many columns are available in addition to the few that are shown by default. Right-click a column heading and choose Add Column to see the possibilities:

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Import existing contacts into Windows Live Contacts

Windows Live Contacts is integrated with other parts of Windows Live; if you add a contact in Windows Live Messenger, for example, that person will appear in Windows Live Contacts as well. Windows Live Contacts is completely un-integrated with the Windows Explorer Contacts folder (which lives, by default, at %UserProfile%\Contacts) . The latter can be a useful repository of contact information if you do not use Windows Live, but because Windows Live does not share its information with this Windows Explorer folder, the redundancy can be a source of confusion. If you already have contacts in %UserProfile%\Contacts but don't plan to use the folder any more, you might want to import those items into Windows Live Contacts. To do this, open the drop-down menu in Windows Live Contacts and then choose Import, Address Book For Current Windows User. Be aware that the import process will make no attempt to deal with duplicate entries. You might want to scroll through your list after importing and delete any duplications you find .

Windows Live Contacts can also import sets of data from Microsoft Outlook and from comma-separated values (.csv) files, as well as individual business card (.vcf) records .

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