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With Yahoo! Messenger, you can quickly connect with your friends in a variety of ways. The "quick" part comes when you begin typing a name or phone number in the Contact Search Bar.
Messenger immediately gives you a list of matching contacts from your Yahoo! Address Book along with communication options for each contact. As you continue typing, the list of choices narrows. Find the contact you want and click one of the communication options.
In the Contact Search Bar, begin typing a name, nickname, phone number, email address... just about any information you have in your Yahoo! Address Book.
Messenger immediately displays a list of names from your address book that have matching contact information.
Continue typing to narrow the list of search results, then select the contact along with the communication option.
Messenger opens the window appropriate for the type of communication you’ve chosen (for example, a Yahoo! Mail compose page for sending email or an IM window for sending an instant message.
Tip: You can also stop typing and just scroll through the list of matching contacts to find the person you want.
You can use the Contact Search Bar to communicate with anyone, even if the person isn’t in your Yahoo! Address Book. For example, if you know the email address of someone that you want to send a message to, you can enter that address in the Contact Search Bar. As you type, the displayed list includes the characters along with your communication options. Type all of the information and then choose your preferred communication mode (in this case, "Email").