Using People Bar in Windows 10

Nov 13th 2017 - by Fix My PC FREE in: Blog Tips Windows 10 | 0 Comment

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The Windows 10 Taskbar allows its users to access various apps in Windows 10 – one of which is a new functionality recently added to the Taskbar called “People Bar” brought by the Windows 10 v1709 and this article will show you how to enable or disable People Bar as well as add Contacts.

Windows 10 People Bar

After you have updated your Windows 10 to v1709, you should find the People Bar icon located in the Taskbar which is turned on by default. When you click on “Get started”, it will open the following panel.

This allows you to pin any contacts on the Taskbar and when you click on “Find and Pin contacts”, you should find your desired contact. The feature sorts all your contacts in alphabetical order so you shouldn’t have any trouble looking for certain contacts but you can only pin a maximum of 3 favorite contacts to the Taskbar for easier and faster communication.

The other way is to choose the desired option such as mail, People or Skype and look for the contact you’d like to pin to the Taskbar. Once you find the 3 favorite contacts you preferred, you should see an option called “Pin to taskbar” or “Pin to start” as seen on the illustration below.

The People icon missing in the Taskbar

Some users reported not being able to see the People icon from the Taskbar, if you also experience this, you can add that icon through these easy steps. It makes contacting your best friends and loved ones in the palm of your hands. To use it, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Start button of Windows 10 and click on Settings.
  2. After that, open the Settings app and select the “Personalization” icon.
  3. Next, select the Taskbar to open all the Taskbar settings.
  4. Under the Taskbar settings you should see the People section. Turn on “Show people on the taskbar” so that the People icon will appear to the People bar from the Taskbar. Similarly, you can turn the same option off if you want to hide the People bar from your Taskbar.

Note: if you don’t mind a bunch of apps occupying your Taskbar space, you can also utilize the feature use efficiently.

Hiding the People button in the Taskbar

If you don’t find the People icon very much appealing and you’d rather not see it, then you can definitely hide it when you right click anywhere on the Taskbar and then unmark the Show people button option.

Note: the People app in Windows 10 functions like a social app that allows users to stay in touch with their Skype contacts as well as Outlook contacts in just a single location.

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