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Is there a way of combining or deduplicating contacts in the Windows 8 People app? For some reason I have double entries of many contacts (with identical names), and the app isn't smart enough to integrate them.

I have the following accounts connected:

  • Microsoft (i.e. Hotmail)
  • Google (including Contacts)
  • Facebook
  • Linkedin
  • Twitter

The contacts in question have entries from Google contacts as well as Facebook.

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To link contacts in People app:

  1. Open a person's contact card
  2. Right click and select "Link"
  3. Select other contact card containing duplicate
  4. Save contact

Not sure if this can be done automatically in any way though.

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The best way is to connect to Windows Live (Hotmail) and make all your adjustments from there. I had to delete 540 contacts and it tool me 3 minutes. Hint: Use your keyboard shortcuts like Shift and Ctrl to select multiple contacts at once.

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The People App in Windows 8 will automatically link duplicate contacts from different networks, as is explained here:

By connecting multiple accounts and linking your duplicate contacts, we’re able to create a contact card for everyone in your address book, regardless of how you’re connected to them.

Souce: The People app: the complete, cloud-powered address book for Windows 8

In some cases you might want to manually link multiple contacts together. This can be done by opening up a contact and then open the app bar (by right clicking) and click "Link". Then select the contact you want to connect.

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I ended up having to link a ton of contacts manually. I don't know why the People app didn't figure it out, despite the contacts having the same name. – Soo Wei Tan Oct 28 '12 at 8:49

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