How to Use Yahoo! Chat

By Techwalla Contributor

Instant messaging has made online communication much easier. Among several instant messaging services today, Yahoo! Messenger with chat is one of the most widely used. It enables friends, families, co-workers and even sweethearts separated by distance to be in touch as if they are next to each other. Using Yahoo! Chat is easy. But first you need to have the program installed on your computer. After you have downloaded and installed the program, follow these steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Yahoo! Messenger program

Step 1

Open the Yahoo! Messenger program installed on your computer. If you cannot find it (there may be a yellow smiley icon on your desktop), go to your program list, and access it there.

Step 2

You need a valid Yahoo! ID to use Yahoo! Chat. Once the Yahoo! Messenger window is loaded, input your ID and password in the corresponding text boxes. There are three options you can check at the bottom to customize how you want to log in. If you don't want any of these options, click on the "Sign In" button.

Step 3

Once your log-in is successful, you will be directed to the main Yahoo! Chat interface. If you already have contacts added in your list, it will show how many are online and offline, depending on your settings. You are now ready to start chatting.

Step 4

Pick any one of the names in your contact list that is online. You will know this when the yellow button lights up next to the person's name. Double-click on the contact to load the chat window. Type your message in the message box, and press "Enter." Your message will be sent to the person.

Step 5

You will know when the person has replied when a message appears on the message window next to the person's name or, when you are not in the Yahoo!Chat environment, the chat window on the bottom of the task bar flashes.

Step 6

You can change the text formatting of your messages by making use of the tools on top of the message box. You can change the font of your text, the size, the typeface, etc. You can even add emoticons to your message, depending on your mood.

Step 7

If you have a web cam attached to your computer, you can let the person you are talking to see you while you are chatting online. On your Yahoo! Messenger menu, go to "Messenger," and click on "My Webcam." Your webcam will load. To share your webcam, go to the chat window. On the Actions menu, click "Invite to View My Webcam."

Tips & Warnings

  • When you are chatting with someone whom you barely know, be careful about passing personal information.

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