Starting and configuring Yahoo Messenger
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.
If you already have a Yahoo account, enter your user name and password. Click SIGN IN
If you do not have a Yahoo account, click on the GET A NEW YAHOO ID...
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.
During the wizard, it may ask you to get names from your address book, click next.
Once you have added all your friends, Yahoo Messenger will look like this.
Now, I want you to click on MESSENGER and then on preferences.
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.
Go through all of these questions and mark or unmark as you wish.
Be sure and click on the calling and audio section.
Once your in the CALLING & AUDIO section, be sure to click on the OPEN THE CALL SETUP ASSISTANT.
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
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.
When you see a friend on line, their happy face will change to YELLOW.
To contact them, you must double click their name. A chat window will appear.
In this chat window you can type them a message.
Or you can CALL them, just like on a telephone. Click the call button
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.
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
To add someone to your Yahoo Messenger friends list, click on the plus sign at the top of the window.
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 email@example.com . You may contact me any time you "see" me on line!!!
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