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Windows 7: how do I delete contacts

18 Jan 2012   #11

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

You must think I am so dumb, but this is all so different to Outlook Express. I just clicked on one of the email addresses and thought I would highlight it and hit delete at the top menu and that did it. Ohmygosh I'm sorry. Now I just have to go through and delete the ones I don't want.
Thank you very much, Ummm, I hate to ask again but is there a way to find my emails when I am away from home. I am starting to think that I have to go to Hotmail web site for my Hotmail and Bigpond (which I have in WLM) for Webmail, am I correct?.
Many thanks,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #12


You cannot do it by opening a send mail window!!! Look at the screenshot and click contacts in the main program window, then you will see the sub-window pictured, complete with the delete command in the contacts pane....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #13

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

Thank you for responding our posts crossed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

18 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 Pro-x64

Click on the Accounts tab at the top.
Click on the @+ to add a new account.
Fill in the info on the window that pops up.

You can see (partially) that I have two main accounts and a Hotmail account. You can add as many as you like.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #15

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

Thank you very much for your patience with me. I've followed your instructions and now I can delete the ones I don't want. Thank you so much I really appreciate your help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #16


Just one more tip... pressing alt will open the traditional file, edit, view, etc, menu bars...

From there, in the contacts pane, you can import/export contacts in a variety of formats...

As for synchronising Live Mail across various computers there are ways to improvise and achieve this, but it's not at all a design feature of the program - it's definitely not "cloud" based I'm afraid...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #17

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit

Since your question has to do with contacts, it's important to decide whether or not you want to "sign-in" to the email program, Windows Live Mail, each time you use it. That's because signing in affects which contact list you will see in WLM: either your "signed-in" list or your "not signed-in" list. If you sign in, your contacts are synchronized with the website "" and will be available to you from any computer you choose to sign in with. If you don't sign in you will see whatever contacts were placed directly on that computer's list when"not-signed-in". To sign in use the upper right corner of the main message window (a popup will give you the option to remember password for auto sign-in) and to stop signing in use the Options/Connections tab.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #18


Good point Roncerr, but I must say I'd prefer never to sign in to the Microsoft hosted elements of the program as it means they can harvest the email addresses of every contact in your address book, and arguably more besides as with subsequent builds they even ensure the hosting of attachments is done on their servers.

Of course the same is true of any email provider, Yahoo, GMail, and many others. However they tend to make it very clear that you're using them for that service whereas Microsoft Live Essentials bury that information in the long list of small print which is seldom read by anyone.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #19

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

Many thanks everyone for you helps and the tips about "alt", and signing in. I've only signed in once when I first started using Windows Live Mail, I thought I had to, maybe thats how I got all those really old email addresses added to my contact list.

Should I go somewhere else on this forum to ask how I can check my email from another computer when I am away from home.

This is what I think I am supposed to do;

I have Hotmail set up in WLM and that has it's own set of folders, plus my ISP is Bigpond and so I have a bigpond email account with all those folders. I do have a gmail account but rarely use it and didn't add it to WLM because I would have so many folders. Soooo!,

To view my email when away from home I think I am supposed to go to the Hotmail site to check those emails and Webmail to check I correct in this or is there an easier way.

Thank you again,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #20


If you set your accounts in Live Mail as POP accounts and not IMAP accounts your multitude of folders will not be reciprocated in your local eMail client

I'd recommend GMail, there are just so many facilities on offer. Never ever use my ISP to store mail as there's no control in many cases over the dstiny of what's on their servers if you migrate elsewhere.

I would never sign in on Live Mail personally, but again... it's just my take on matters!

Feel free to add to anyone's reputation who had offered you useful help...
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