|Setting Your Availability||Writing a Status Message||Linking to a Web Page||Adding an Emoticon||Displaying a Different Status Message||Deleting a Status Message|
You’re either available or busy, but sometimes you want to tell your friends why you’re busy, or even let them know what else you’re doing while waiting for one of them to send you an instant message. You can do that by writing a status message.
Note: Pingbox™ visitors will only see that you are Available, Busy, or Offline, They can’t see your status message.
Type a status message in the box below your name, then press the Enter key on your keyboard or click outside the box.
Tip: Your status message reflects your availability, so be sure you have the correct option (Busy or Available) selected from the availability menu (remind me how).
Your message appears below your name in your Messenger window and, more importantly, by your name on your friends’ lists.
How many status messages can I have?
Messenger remembers up to five status messages and removes the oldest when you write a new message.
How do I display a status message that I’ve already written?
Click the arrow to the right of the status message box, and then select a message from the menu.
How do I delete a status message?
You can’t delete a status message, but you can remove it from view by clicking the arrow to the right of the message, and then selecting Clear My Status Message from the menu. And, remember, Messenger keeps just the last five messages. So that one you don’t want to see anymore will go away eventually as you write new messages.