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Just as you see a contact’s status on your Messenger List, others see your status on their Messenger Lists. After signing into Yahoo! Messenger, you’re online, but you may not always be available for communication. You might be away from your desk or on the phone. Let your contacts know your availability by setting an online status to indicate your current accessibility.
This task shows you how to:
In your Messenger window, display the status menu in one of the following ways:
Click your name in the status area.
RIght-click the icon to the left of the status bar.
Select My Status from the Messenger menu.
Select a status from the menu.
Tip: To appear offline to all of your contacts, select Invisible to Everyone.
Your new status displays next to your name in the status area.
Display the status menu as shown above.
Select New Status Message from the status menu.
The Enter your status message window opens.
In the Enter your status message window, enter a status message, and if appropriate, check the Show Busy Icon checkbox, then click the OK button.
Your new status displays next to your name in the status area of your Messenger List.
Your status appears next to your name on the Messenger Lists of your contacts.
The status menu updates to display your status as a menu option.
Tip: You can write a status message that points to your favorite web
page. In the Enter your status message window,
type the URL followed by a message.
Your contacts will see your status message in their Messenger Lists as a link to the web page.
You can also select the Open Talk status. The Open Talk feature allows any of your contacts to call your computer (one at a time) without needing you to accept. Once connected, your friend will be able to hear all conversations and sounds near your PC. To set up Open Talk, select the Open Talk! option from the status menu. Find out more in the Using Open Talk tutorial.
Now that you have installed, signed in to Yahoo! Messenger and connected with your friends, you can get started using all of the exciting features in Yahoo! Messenger. To become familiar with all of Yahoo! Messenger’s features, take a look at the Getting Started task.