How to View Yahoo Messenger History

Yahoo Messenger for Windows, Mac, iOS and Web platforms comes with a lengthy feature list, encompassing everything from photo sharing to call forwarding to customized user avatars. As its name implies, the meat of this long-running program lies in its instant messaging features; as an IM app, Messenger has the basics covered, including the ability to access a conversation history log.

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Each log contains up to 100 transmissions or up to 20 minutes of messaging.
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Access “Contacts” from Yahoo Messenger's menu, then select “Conversation History.” This provides a list of conversations you've had, displayed in chronological order.

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Choose “Participant” if you'd rather arrange the conversations alphabetically by the name of the Yahoo user with whom you conversed.

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Select the conversation of your choice -- indicated by the username of the person with whom you chatted and the first line of the conversation -- to view a transcript of the exchange.