How to Send a Message to Another Computer in Networking

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The Microsoft Windows operating system has a messenger utility built right in that allows you to send communications from one computer to another on a local area network. The other computer doesn't even have to have this messenger utility open--a pop-up dialog box with your message will appear on-screen. To send a message to another computer in networking, you will need to use the Command Prompt.

  • Click "Start."

  • Type "CMD" into the "Run" box and then click on the "CMD" icon that appears.

  • Type "msg /" into the command prompt (without quotation marks).

  • Type "server:" (without quotation marks) immediately after the "msg /" text in the command prompt. Follow that up with the name of your computer network. You should be left with something that looks like this:

    "msg /server: SERVERNAME", where "SEVERNAME" is the name of your network.

  • Type a space and then type the user name of the computer you're trying to send a message to. Type another space and then type the message you want to send in quotation marks. You should be left with something that looks like this:

    "msg /server: SERVERNAME USERNAME "Message,"" where "USERNAME" is the name of the user you are trying to send the message to and "Message" is the text of the message you want to send. Then, hit "Enter" on your keyboard to send that message over the network to the other computer.

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