How to send instant messages using Yahoo Messenger

Sending an instant message is fun and easy.  We'll show you how.


Send an Instant Message (IM) to someone on your Messenger List

  1. Double-click the contact's name on your Messenger List. This will automatically open an IM window.
  2. Compose you instant message in the box at the bottom.
  3. Click Send, or hit Enter on your keyboard.

Send an IM to someone not on your Messenger List

  1. Click Actions.
  2. Select Send Instant Message.
  3. Select the Other Contacts tab.
  4. Type the Yahoo ID of the person you want to send a message to, and click OK.
  5. Compose you instant message in the box at the bottom.
  6. Click Send, or hit Enter on your keyboard.

You can also send IMs from the Conversation menu by selecting New Conversation and entering a Yahoo ID.

If you send an IM to someone who is offline (a gray face next to the name), the message will be saved in that person's offline message box. The person can see your message the next time they are online.

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