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How to pin contacts to the taskbar in Windows 10

The good old taskbar has gotten much more versatile in Windows 10. One of the new things you can do is pin contacts to the taskbar in Windows 10. Yes, we can pin more than just apps to the taskbar.

Obviously, filling the taskbar with contacts might not be an ideal scenario. But if you have 1 or 2 contacts that you communicate with frequently, it’s certainly worth having their shortcuts on hand.

Windows 10 build 16184 added the People feature. This build is currently available just to Windows Insiders so for now, you can pin contacts to the taskbar in Windows 10 if you’re enrolled in the Insider program. Nevertheless, once the feature becomes publicly available, everyone will be able to do it.

How to pin contacts to the taskbar in Windows 10

Before we discuss how to pin contacts to the taskbar in Windows 10, you should know that from a pinned contact shortcut you can quickly send a message to that person, as well as send photos and files. Click on the small People icon in the taskbar and a pop-up window will open. Assuming you’ve never used the feature it’s going to look something like this:

Click on the ‘Get started’ option to import some contacts.

If you can’t see the People icon on the taskbar, you might want to check if it’s disabled. To do that, go to Settings -> Personalization -> Taskbar and make sure the option called “Show people on the taskbar” is turned on.

Once you’ve opened the People flyout, scroll through your list of contacts and once you find a person you want to pin, simply click on their name. From then on, that contact will be pinned to the taskbar.

You can click on the “More contacts” link to see a list with all your contacts. Also, there are two separate tabs – one called People and another called Apps.

The Apps tab will show all contacts from any of the listed apps you’ve signed into. Simply click on one of the listed apps to log in and pull contacts from it.

Keep in mind that you can see all your system information including cpu, gpu, motherboard, users and all other important specifications if you use a system information tool like Speccy.

And this is how a contact that’s pinned to the taskbar looks like:

If you ever change your mind and want to unpin the contact, click on the three-dots menu icon and select the ‘Unpin from Taskbar’ option.

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