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Instant messaging has become extremely popular over the years. Live chatting allows you to hold live conversations with other people via the keyboard. While Windows Live Essentials includes Windows Live Messenger, which is a great tool for accomplishing just that. You going to have live conversations without picking up the phone. You can do up while you're working on other things in your computer. So let's explore it now, we will click the Windows orb and All Programs. Under Windows Live, that's where you'll find Windows Live Messenger. Now clicking this opens up the window but does not sign you in.
There's a couple of things you can do before you sign in. First of all, you can choose your profile. You can see the one I set up in a previous lesson here shows up by default, but you might have multiple profiles and you can login by clicking the dropdown and choosing something different. I am going to keep my default. I also chose when I set up Windows Live Essentials to login on this computer and remember my password. So it's remembered here as well. I don't have to type in my password. All I have to do is click Sign In, but just before I do, something interesting here is you choose what status should be displayed when you sign in.
If I leave it at Available, the moment I sign in, anyone who is on my contact list who has chatted with me or has made up a contact using my profile will see that I've logged in and might start messaging me right away. If you don't want that to happen, change the status, click the dropdown button, show yourself as Busy, Away or even to appear offline even when you're online, you can do that, so when you login you are not inundated with messages. But I am going to choose Available. That's okay and click Sign In.
Now, when you sign in, additional information is going to pop up. First of all, you're going to see this window show up over here on the right-hand side. It gives you quick access to your mail, there's the Windows Live, Home, Bing, etcetera. But you can close that up if you're not interested, no problem and over here you can see a list of your contacts. If this is your first time logging in like it is for me, you won't see any contacts. You'll see some buttons though. For example, up at the top, your own photo can appear here, but it's also a button that allows you to go in, change your profile, add a photo to show up up here and view online files for example in your contact cards.
So, all you have to do is hover over that button to make those changes. Over here you'll notice the little envelopes to go directly to your e-mail box and down below we have got some buttons. Here's where we can go to add a contact or a group of contacts. We can change the list, layout, the way it appears. We will need to see some contacts before we explore that any further. We can also show the menu bar. So, here if I wanted to see what's on the File menu, I have got things like signing out, and go to, sending files, and this is very similar to a menu bar that might show up across the top of a window.
Here you have got your categories and your subcategories. For example, if I to want to go to my Windows Live Messenger Options, I could do it right from here. You can see I can type the name that I want others to see, if I don't want just see my profile or e-mail address. I could type something else in here like David R. I could also add a personal message directly from here. I am just going to click OK to save that and close up the window. You can see my name's changed at the top. Still my Windows Live Profile that's been used to login, but this is what people will see.
All right, time to add a contact. We can do it by clicking the Add a contact or group button or we can do it right here from our Welcome To Messenger message. Click Add a contact in you will see the exact same thing. Now we just need the address and hopefully they've got Windows Live Messenger as well. So I am going to use somebody I know who does. That's me, using a different account. Just another dummy account I set up and I can add some additional information like a number and a category, but I am going to click Next. If I wanted to, I can include a message to go to this person right now, also send them an e-mail in case they don't have Messenger, but I am going to just send the invitation.
Let's just type something quickly. Will you chat with me? All right, when we click Send invitation, off it goes to that e-mail address if they got Windows Live Messenger. You will be able to add them as a contact and just before we click Close, you will notice we can also add this person to our online profile page, if you have got your Windows Live account set up on your profile page, you can have them show up there as well when you login. So, I am going to do that. You can see it opens up Internet Explorer. It's going to take me to that page. Here I can confirm my name. I am going to click Save and the invitation goes out to Rave Divers, so this is a different screen now.
So I can send the invitation from here as well and you can see it's busy sending out that invitation and there we go. So I am going to close up this for now. It's going to take me back to my Windows Live Messenger window and now you can see, I have got here under offline, David. So I've actually got this person on my contact list and I can click that name to send an offline instant message, if I wanted to. That means when they log in, they will get my message, send them an e-mail, I can do lots from here.
I am going to send an offline message. Here you can see a little bit of information about how that works and next time they sign in, they will get your message, click OK and David Rivers appears to be offline. That's OK. Here's where we go to type in our message and notice there is some information here. If you have never used this before, you shouldn't be including information like your own passwords and credit card numbers in an instant message like this. So let's just come back down here where we were typing our message. We will see it appear up here. Hi Dave, call me when you get this message.
Maybe I want to add a little emoticon, a little smiley face at the end. All I do here is Enter or Return on a keyboard and the message is sent. Now it couldn't be delivered to all recipients. That's because the other guy is not online, but when he logs in, he will get it. So that's how instant messaging works and when we close this window we are still going to be logged in. we can save all of our text conversations. That's something else that's important to know and when you log out or close up a window like this, you have the options to save your messages on this computer or not save your messages and that's the default.
When you click OK, conversation is gone and you're back to your Windows Live Messenger window. So, here you can start to build up your contact list. Remember if you chose to have those appear on your profile page, you will see the same contacts when you log into your Windows Live account and when you're done, just closing this window is not enough. Notice when I close, it still appears down hear on my taskbar and it looks like I am still available. I have just closed it up from my desktop, but if you right-click down here, you'll see some other options like, Close the window.
When you close the window from here you will actually exit Messenger and you'll appear offline because you are offline at this point. So, that's instant messaging with Windows Live Messenger.
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