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How to use My People in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

We all have a handful of people in our contacts list that we communicate with on a daily, often hourly basis. To help stay in touch with those people, Microsoft introduced a feature called My People in the Fall Creators Update. It lets you quickly send a message, Moji, file, or other form of media with just a couple of clicks. Let's take a look at how all this works and how to get it set up for the first time.

How to set up My People

My People comes mostly set up with the Fall Creators Update. All you have to do is click a few buttons to get it all started.

  1. Click the People button in the bottom-right corner of your taskbar.
  2. Click Get started.

You should now see a window that includes your connected apps. In our case, all three apps were connected by default because we'd signed in to them in the past. If you've never signed in, you'll instead see Click to connect this app below the app's name. If so, click each app to connect it to My People.

How to pin contacts to your taskbar

Up to three contacts can be pinned to your taskbar for fast access.

  1. Click the People button in the bottom-right corner of your taskbar.
  2. Click Find and pin contacts.
  3. Click a contact.

You'll now see the person's avatar in the taskbar. From here, there are many more features available.

How to merge multiple contacts

If you have more than one contact for one person, say in the case of a Microsoft account and an Xbox Live account, you can merge them into one for easier communication.

  1. Click a contact's avatar in your taskbar.
  2. Click Combine duplicate contacts for this person… A new windows will open in which you'll be able to see all contacts associated with this person.
  3. Click Choose contact to link.

  1. Click a contact.
  2. Click the checkmark button once finished.

All information about the person will now be contained in one contact.

How to use Skype through My People

Skype is one of the driving apps that makes My People work. Here you can send messages and start calls without opening the full Skype app.

  1. Click a contact's avatar in your taskbar.
  2. Click Skype.
  3. Type a message and hit Enter on your keyboard to send.

  1. Click the Call button to start a voice chat.
  2. Click the Video call button start a video chat. Ours is greyed out here because we have no webcam connected to the PC.

You can also launch the full Skype app from here.

  1. Click the More options button.
  2. Click Launch Skype.

How to send Mojis through My People

One of the coolest things about My People is the ability to send animated Mojis straight to your friend's desktop.

  1. Click a contact's avatar in your taskbar.
  2. Click Skype.

  1. Click the Insert icon or Moji button. It looks like a smiley face.
  2. Click a Moji and hit Enter on your keyboard.

Once sent, the animated Moji should appear above the pinned avatar for a short period of time.

How to use Mail through My People

Need to blast off a quick email? You no longer need to open the full Mail app.

  1. Click a contact's avatar in your taskbar.
  2. Click Mail.
  3. Click the New button at the bottom of the window. It looks like a plus sign.

  1. Type an email message.
  2. Click Send when finished.

Your email will now be sent, and you'll be able to see a list of recent emails in the Mail category within My People.

How to share files through My People

Once My People is set up, you should see your pinned contacts when you right-click a file and click Send. This feature uses the Mail app.

  1. Launch File Explorer from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Right-click a file.
  3. Click Share.

  1. Click one of Your People.
  2. Click Send.

How to remove a contact from your taskbar

Windows 10 only lets you pin up to three contacts to your taskbar, so if you'd like to remove and replace, follow these steps.

  1. Right-click a contact pinned to your taskbar.
  2. Click Unpin from taskbar.

At this point, any other contacts you've attempted to pin to the taskbar while you already had three pinned will automatically fill the cleared spot. If you haven't attempted to pin any others, an empty spot will remain.

How to change My People settings

From here you can tweak a few settings to do with My People.

  1. Click the People button in the bottom-right corner of your taskbar.
  2. Click the See more button.
  3. Click People bar settings.

Here, near the bottom of the page, you'll find three toggle switches: one that shows or hides contacts on your taskbar, one that shows or hides notifications from Your People, and one that turns on or off a sound when a notification comes in. To change any settings, just click the switch.

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Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

39 Comments
  • Will they put more apps to integrate with My people?
  • Most noticeably absent from My People support are many of Microsoft's own properties, both consumer- and enterprise-focused... e.g. Outlook, Skype for Business, Teams, GroupMe, Xbox Live, LinkedIn, etc.
  • I cant help but feel this My People app needs to be "richer?" It needs to be more well thought out because the way it currently is, I might as well pin the standard People app to the task bar ..click on it find a contact and either send them message or mail and it will probably take the same amount of time.
  • My Exchange and Outlook contacts appeared in My People, but I couldn't link them with Skype. Only some of my Skype contacts are accessible to My People. Seemed like a very buggy alpha version to me.
  • This. Skype works horribly on Windows, so this feature is basically just for mail. Make Facebook integrate Messenger with this, and it'll be a hit. But this way, totally overrated.
  • Quick tip for everyone that likes to use People, add a Bot to skype and pin it to your taskbar so you can make more use out of that functionality. I pinned the Bing News bot, quite awesome and helpful!
  • It way to complicated and ugly. Just open Skype and sent to everyone... To manage your hotmail contacts from people app is a nightmare. I have 4-5 same contacts for the same people. I use Skype for sms via windows phone and appears double contacts even I have link them...
  • Before they do I think they need to do a better job of managing contacts in Windows 10. For instance my Sister has 4 duplicate Skype listings and they all needed to be merged, which is separate from her Outlook contact entry which was also duplicated twice. If Microsoft ever wants to bring an Ultra-Mobile PC with Telephony to market they need to radically fix the People app, make it easier to delete, edit, or combine Skype contacts, then start pushing for other devs to support My People.
  • Don't. Who built this half-baked junk anyway? Why isn't XBOX LIVE messaging included out of the box? So much potential wasted because of burnt bridges and locked down 3rd party networks.
  • It's a shame that My People works really badly in Tablet Mode. Microsoft needs to improve the experience in this area, it's almost unchanged since W10 launch.
  • Notifications badge and fly-out emoji never worked on my SP3 and home PC (no reaction on my feedback in hub).
    Contacts suggestions are mess. Files D'n'D on photo doesn't share via Skype.
    Pretty useless feature for me (Skype is alway opened), only takes space, so turned it off (won't try to reinstall Windows just for this feature and tired to send feedback into the void)
  • OT: That emoticons thing u can do.. That Windows key + . Combo to make the emoticons screen pop up. I have a laptop where it works and 1 laptop where it doesn't work, why is that? Or is that a bug?
  • Known "issue" with the FCU, mentioned in the WC article today It will only work if your keyboard is set to EN-US
  • Ah thanks, yeah the one where it does not work on is my work laptop for when im on the road, so it makes sense :)
  • @BonzeUK, also works with Dvorak keyboard, but could still be limited to US, not sure beyond Dvorak and Qwerty.
  • What for?
  • I disabled My People right off. I use live tiles.
  • I dont get this drop down option to select which mail box the people app uses to send email. How do I get it?  
  • If u mean selecting from which email address that is yours to send an email with?.. It should give u that option when hitting that + for new mail. It then shows all your email addresses u have. Same when u use the share button on web pages or apps or whatever. If u mean which kind of mail besides outlook, it has to be supported and connected in that feature.
  • I dont see it for some reason. I have my outlook account and my work office365 account connected but by default it only lets me select the work account when i click the + for a new mail. Im on the insider preview btw. May be its broken here.   Do you have it in your mail app as well?
  • Everything is showing up for me and im not in the insider preview. I have all my email addresses edited and linked under my own name in the peoples app. U can try to do that.
  • I would love to be able to send a text using the people hub now that Cortana is integrated. My ultimate dream would be able to compose any text message and be able to send it through various apps ( whatsapp, kakao, snapchat..etc) 
  • Until they get some big name integrations, at least for me I don't see the point. If they can get other big platforms to add support Fb, Whatsapp or others, My People would become an invaluable tool. Only today I was looking for some sort of universal client and I hope this becomes one. I'm sick of having too many chat apps.
  • Have you tried "Wire"? Great stuff as it was