How to Chat in Yahoo Messenger

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Keeping in touch with friends and family around the world is easy to do with Yahoo! Messenger, a free instant messaging client created by Yahoo! in 1998. Yahoo! Messenger allows you to chat with friends on both Windows Live Messenger (MSN) and Yahoo! via voice, video and plain text, as well as share pictures, files, music and video.

Things You'll Need

  • Yahoo! Messenger
  • Open Yahoo! Messenger and log in with your Yahoo! ID and password.

  • Double-click on the name of the person you want to chat with on your Friends list. To add contacts to your Friends list, click "Add a Contact" and enter the individual's screen name. Press "Next" twice to add the person to your list.

  • Type text in the chat screen that appears when you click on your friend's name.

  • Press "Enter" or click "Send" to send your message. Your text, along with your friend's responses, will appear in the chat window above the text field.

Tips & Warnings

  • Share pictures and files with friends by opening a chat window and clicking "Actions" and "Send a File" or "Share Photos."
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