Yahoo Messenger

  1. You must first open your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, AOL, MSN or Firefox) and navigate to http://www.yahoo.com/
  2. Once there, you will see Yahoo Messenger on the right hand side. 
  3. Click on the Messenger.  Don't click on the yellow titled TRY IT NOW.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the DOWNLOAD NOW button. 
  4. At the next page, click on the GET STARTED button. 
  5. A window will appear titled the FILE DOWNLOAD.    Click on SAVE.  A different window will appear asking you where to save the download.  I suggest the DESKTOP so you can find it easily. 
  6. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection and the speed of your computer, this can only take a moment.
  7. You may now close your Internet browser, but leave your internet connection on.
  8. Now, on your desk top is a new icon. 
  9. OK, now let's install Yahoo Messenger.  Double click this new icon.
  10. You will see an OPEN FILE window.    Click on RUN.
  11. In a moment, you will see a WIZARD which will walk you through the 6 steps of installing Yahoo Messenger.    Click on NEXT.
  12. At the step 2 window, UNCHECK MAKE YAHOO messenger my default search engine, unless you want to use Yahoo as your search engine. 
  13. Now click on the CUSTOM INSTALL at the top. 
  14. At the custom install window, read carefully.  I choose NOT to have the tool bar and browser service.  So I uncheck them.    Click on NEXT
  15. You must place a check in the LICENSE AGREEMENT.    Click on NEXT
  16. Read the Privacy Policy.    Click on NEXT.
  17. Step 5 will tell you how long it may take to download and install the rest of the program.    Click on NEXT.
  18. Again, depending on your Internet speed and the speed of your computer, this could take a few moments.  Just wait until the end.  You will see this window.    Now you can click on FINISH!!

Starting and configuring Yahoo Messenger

  1. On your desk top, you will see a new Icon.    Double click it.                                                NOT THIS ONE    This one is for the installation, you can delete it from your desktop when we are finished.

  2. If you already have a Yahoo account, enter your user name and password.    Click SIGN IN

  3. If you do not have a Yahoo account, click on the GET A NEW YAHOO ID...

  4. Follow the on screen prompts to create your own ID account.  Don't be surprised if someone has already taken all the good names.  Use whatever name you wish, but you must remember it and other people should know you by it.  Try adding numbers (lot number is good) behind your name if your first name choice is taken.

  5. During the wizard, it may ask you to get names from your address book, click next.

  6. Once you have added all your friends, Yahoo Messenger will look like this. 

  7. Now, I want you to click on MESSENGER and then on preferences. 

  8. Under the GENERAL section, I want you to decide if you want Yahoo to start with windows (when your computer starts) on not.  I start my Yahoo manually, so I remove the check mark. 

  9. Go through all of these questions and mark or unmark as you wish.

  10. Be sure and click on the calling and audio section. 

  11. Once your in the CALLING & AUDIO section, be sure to click on the OPEN THE CALL SETUP ASSISTANT. 

  12. This wizard will walk you through setting up your microphone and speakers.  You MUST HAVE A MICROPHONE and SPEAKERS connected to your computer.  You can buy a cheap microphone from anywhere.

TO USE THE CHAT FEATURE

  1. If none of your friends or contacts are on line you will see "grayed happy faces".    You can still send your friend a message (even though they are off line) and they will receive the message the next time they open Yahoo Messenger.

  2. When you see a friend on line, their happy face will change to YELLOW. 

  3. To contact them, you must double click their name.  A chat window will appear. 

  4. In this chat window you can type them a message. 

  5. Or you can CALL them, just like on a telephone.    Click the call button

  6. If you call someone and they do not answer does not click on ACCEPT with in 20 seconds you will see a  "no you answered the call, but you are able to leave a voice message.  120 seconds maximum. 

  7. If some one calls you, you must click on the ACCEPT button or the connection will never be made.    NOTE:  Only one of the two parties must have a microphone.  The person with the microphone can talk but the person without a microphone either must listen or type their responses only.

TO ADD A CONTACT

  1. To add someone to your Yahoo Messenger friends list,  click on the plus sign at the top of the window. 

  2. A different window will appear.    In this window you may choose a contact via the address book or by typing in the persons e-mail address.

NOTE:  Unless something changes soon, at this time I do not be leave friends NOT on Yahoo can chat with you.  Meaning, someone on AOL using AOL Instant Messenger can not "talk" to you when you are on Yahoo.  You both must have a Yahoo account and using Yahoo Messenger.  I hope this will change some time in the near future.

If you need questions answered, please go to http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/messenger/messenger8/index.html and see if your answer is there.

My Yahoo Messenger is d_nrhodes@yahoo.com .  You may contact me any time you "see" me on line!!!

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