How to Use CMD to Send Text to Other Computers on a Network

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Microsoft Windows has the capability to send messages to other computers connected to the local network using the command prompt. The ability to send text messages relies on the Messenger service built into Windows. This service is different than the Windows Messenger IM software. The Messenger service is disabled by default on recent versions of Windows due to the security issues the service presents to those with malicious intent. When the service is enabled, messages can be sent and received with the command prompt.

  • Press the Windows logo key and "R" simultaneously.

  • Type "cmd" without quotes and press "Enter."

  • Type "net send IP message" without quotes and replacing IP with the destination computer's IP address and "message" with the actual message to be sent. For example, "net send 192.168.1.23 test message" sends the text "test message" to the computer at 192.168.1.23.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Messenger service can be enabled through the Services section of the Administrative Tools on the computer. However, the Messenger service is considered deprecated and presents security risks. Modern instant message programs are considered more secure.
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