How to use Yahoo! Messenger
Yahoo! Messenger offers a lot of various functions that helps you connect to your friends. Use a video and voice chat, change your text messages to make them more interesting, improve Messenger functionality with free plug-ins, and so on. We offer a free download of Yahoo! Messenger directly from this page. Install this messenger and read the description below to learn how to use Yahoo! Messenger.
Let’s use Yahoo! Messenger.
Sign into Yahoo! Messenger.
Firstly, launch the application. You will see the next window. Enter your Yahoo! ID and the password. Pay attention to the options that may help you, such as Remember my ID & password, using which you will not have to enter your details manually all the time. Select the language you will use and click Sign in. If you do not have an account with Yahoo! yet, click on Get a new Yahoo! ID… and sign up for this service (it’s free).
Yahoo! Messenger main window.
This is the main window of Yahoo! Messenger. Hover the cursor on borders of the window, and click and drag to expand it. On the very top, you will see the name of the app, then four menus beneath it. In the next area, you will find multiple controls. Click on smile to select options from the pop-up menu. You can change your Display Image, add Contact Details, view your profile, and learn Account Info.
Click on your screen name and select the mode you are in right now (Available or Busy) or sign out from the app. There is also a Stealth mode (follow the link to know more about it). In the area 2, you can find buttons to Add contact and Send SMS . On the right of this area, use the search to find a friend’s profile quickly in the contacts list. Click on a group of contacts to open it (arrow 2).
If you are interested in extending Yahoo! Messenger functionality, then click on Add Plug-ins (area 3) to install some. On the very bottom, you will find the Yahoo! Web Search. Simply enter your request in the search area and press Enter. Yahoo! Messenger will open your default browser and show the results.
Add a contact to Yahoo! Messenger List.
Click on the button in the main window. Yahoo! Messenger will open the next wizard, which will assist you when creating a new contact. You can open this window by clicking on Contacts from the menu above. Select from the pop-up menu Contacts an option – Add Contact. There is a keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+A for this.
Chatting on Yahoo! Messenger.
In the main window, open a group of contacts and left-double click on the contact. You will launch the chat window (in the next screenshot). Here you can start a video or a voice call. Just click on the appropriate button in the area 1. In the area 2, select the background for the chatting window or invite your friend to share photographs.
In the middle area, you will see the messages.
In the area on the bottom, enter your message (arrow 3), change it, make it lively, attach files to your message, etc. This window is resizable too.
Yahoo! Video and Voice Setup.
Before making video and voice calls, Yahoo! Messenger will offer you to change the necessary settings in this Setup manager. Follow the steps that will be presented, it is pretty easy!
There is a great extension in this Messenger, which is called Yahoo! Insider. From this window, you can search some information (arrow 1), check incoming Mail, read News and launch online Games from the appropriate tabs (arrow 2).
Send an SMS on Yahoo! Messenger.
Click on the button to send and SMS-message to your friend or other contact. Enter the phone number in the area above (arrow 1) and click on SMS (arrow 2). You can use either the virtual keyboard of Yahoo! Messenger or the physical keyboard to enter the number. Note that Yahoo! Messenger allows you to send an SMS to nearly any country. You only need to select the appropriate phone code (click on the code (+1 in our screenshot) and select a different one from the list). If you are hitting problems when sending an SMS via Yahoo! Messenger, read troubleshooting information from Yahoo! then.
Add a plug-in to Yahoo! Messenger.
In the main window, click on Add Plug-ins to open the list of available extensions. You can read a description of the plug-in in this list. Click in Start to use it.
This is how to use Yahoo! Messenger. Click on Download Yahoo! Messenger and learn even more by yourself.