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Find and filter my contacts

If you have contacts from a variety of sources—work email, personal email, social networks—your contact list might start to seem rather long. The good news? There are some easy ways to find contacts quickly and filter out the ones you don't want to see.

To filter your contact list

By default, contacts from the accounts you've set up on your phone will appear in your contact list. However, you can filter the list to show contacts only from the accounts you choose. Filtered contacts don't show up in your list, but they're still on your phone—you can get to them using search.

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Settings Settings icon.

  2. Flick left to Applications, and then tap People.

  3. Tap Filter my contact list, select the accounts from which you want to show contacts, and then tap Done Done icon.

To filter social updates

If the volume of posts, comments, and tweets gets to be a bit too much, you can hide the updates from one or more of your social networks. Do one of the following:

  • On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Settings Settings icon > Applications > People. Tap Only show posts from people visible in my contact list. Posts from the social networks you've filtered out of your contact list will no longer be visible in What's new in People.
  • On Start, tap People People icon. Flick to What's new, tap All accounts, and then tap the account you want to view posts from.

To jump to a letter of the alphabet

Instead of scrolling through your entire list, try jumping straight to the section you want.

  1. On Start, tap People People icon.

  2. Flick to All, tap any letter of the alphabet, and then tap a letter to jump to that point in your contact list.


    Tap the globe Globe icon to see contacts that use international characters.

    Jumping to letter of alphabet to find contact

To search your contact list

If your list is especially long, search is probably the best way to find something.

  1. On Start, tap People People icon.

  2. Flick to All, tap Search Search icon, and then start typing someone's name. The list will filter as you type.

    Searching for contacts

To use a voice command to call or text a contact

Try using your voice to make a call or send a text—no need for scrolling or searching.

  1. Press and hold the Start Start button button on your phone.

  2. Say "Call" or "Text," and then say the contact's name. You can even dictate a text message.

    Speech dialog box
    When you open Speech, your phone starts listening for a voice command.

    To learn more about voice commands, see Use Speech on my phone.


Using Speech to send a text message may not be available in your country or region.

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