How to Instant Message From


You don't need to download and install the Yahoo! Messenger program to use Yahoo!'s instant messaging service. You can send instant messages from the Yahoo! website instead, which allows you to message your contacts from any computer. You can use instant messaging through your Yahoo! Mail account, or you can use the dedicated "Yahoo! Messenger for the Web" page.

Yahoo! Mail

  • Log into your Yahoo! Mail account.

  • Click "Show" next to "Chat & Mobile Text," if you cannot see your list of chat contacts.

  • Click a contact to open a chat window, or click "Start a new Chat" and enter the person's Yahoo! or Windows Live email address.

  • Enter a message in the chat window and click "Send."

Yahoo! Messenger for Web

  • Go to the Yahoo! Messenger for the websites at

  • Click "Sign In" and enter your login details in the pop-up window. You will then be redirected to the Yahoo! Messenger for the Web account page.

  • Click a contact from the left-pane to open a chat window in the right-pane.

  • Enter a chat message in the bottom text field and click "Send."

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