Adding Contacts to Your Messenger List

Overview A Safe Environment Importing Contacts Using the Add to Messenger List Window Adding From Your Address Book Adding From an Instant Message

Importing Contacts

Using the Import Contacts window, you can import contacts to your Messenger List from your Verizon Yahoo! Contacts and from your Microsoft Outlook list of contacts. Using this approach, you can easily populate your Messenger List with your friends.

Messenger searches through your Verizon Yahoo! Contacts and Microsoft Outlook list of contacts and does the following:

  • Ignores people that are already on your Messenger List.
  • Identifies and returns a list of people that are currently using instant messenger. You can select which people you would like to add to your Messenger List.
  • Identifies and returns a list of people that have email addresses but not Messenger IDs. You can select which people you would like to invite to join you in using Messenger.

The Import Contacts window automatically opens the first time you sign in to Verizon Yahoo! Messenger. Afterwards, access this window through the Import Contacts option on the Contacts menu,

 

Here’s How

  1. In your Messenger window, select Import Contacts from the Contacts menu.

    The Import Contacts window opens with the Address Book and Microsoft Outlook options already selected.

  2. Keep both options selected or click a box to deselect one, then click the Next button.

    Click a box to deselect an option.

    Messenger checks your locations and displays two lists of people you can add to your Messenger List—people who already use instant messenger and people who you can invite to use Verizon Yahoo! Messenger.

    A list of people to add.Enlarge

  3. By default, all of the people in the list of current instant messenger users are selected. De-select any names that you don't want to add to your list.

    De-select names that you don't want to add to your list.

    All selected names will receive a notification that you would like to add them to your Messenger List.

  4. In the list of people to invite, select the people you would like to invite to join you on Messenger.

    Select people to invite.

    These people will receive an email inviting them to join you in using Messenger.

    Tip: Clicking the check box next to Select All under a list selects all of the people in the list.

  5. To view the email invitation before you actually send it, click the View the Invitation button.

    Click the View the Invitation button.

    The View the Invitation window opens with the text of the email message. Close it when you finish reading the text.

  6. After selecting people, click the Next button.

  7. In the next window, enter your name, if it’s not already entered for you, so your new contacts will know who is adding or inviting them, then click the Next button.

    Enter the name you would like others to see.

    Messenger sends requests to the current instant messenger users and sends email invitations to the people you chose to invite. Both the request and the invitation include your name.

  8. In the Congratulations window, you can do any of the following by clicking the associated link:

    Select a link to change preferences or add contact details.

    • Change your privacy settings—opens the Messenger Preferences dialog to the Privacy category, where you can change your privacy settings.

    • Change your message archiving settings—opens the Messenger Preferences dialog to the Archive category, where you can change your message archiving settings.

    • Fill out your contact details to share with others—opens the My Contact Details window where you can enter your personal contact information, such as your phone number, address, and Verizon Yahoo! Username. Later, you may want to share this information with your contacts.

    Note: Each task allows you to return to the Congratulations window.

  9. Click the Finish button.

    Verizon Yahoo! Messenger displays the names of the current instant messenger users in a temporary state on your Messenger List. When contacts accept your request, their names become permanent on your list, and your name is added to their Messenger Lists. If contacts decline, Verizon Yahoo! Messenger sends you a notice and removes the names from your Messenger List.

    Verizon Yahoo! Messenger sends email invitations to those people who aren’t current Verizon Yahoo! Messenger users.

 

What’s Next

Importing is a quick and efficient way to add multiple contacts to your Messenger List without having to know anyone’s Messenger ID. When you want to add one person and you know the ID, add the person to your Messenger Lists using the Add to Messenger List window.


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Words to Know

  • Contact: a person with whom you interact; someone to whom you might want to send an email, instant message, or text message.
  • Messenger ID: the Verizon Yahoo! Username or Yahoo! ID that a person uses to sign in and use Messenger or Chat in Verizon Yahoo! Mail.
  • Messenger List: a list of coworkers, friends, family, and associates who also use Messenger.