How to Chat with Somebody in Yahoo! Mail

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Of course, you could send an email, wait for the reply, then confirm everything in yet another email.

Or, if the contact is online, you initiate a quick chat session in Yahoo! Mail. Naturally, you'll only do that if the matter is pressing, or if you have time to spare. (I heartily recommend writing a longer email in that latter case as well, though.)

Fortunately, instant messaging is not much different from sending an email in Yahoo! Mail.

Chat with Somebody in Yahoo! Mail

To exchange instant messages with any Yahoo! Instant Messenger user in Yahoo! Mail:

  1. Make sure you are not using Yahoo! Mail Basic but the fully featured version.
  2. Now make sure you are signed in to chat.
    1. If Offline appears next to Me: under MESSENGER in your Yahoo! Mail's left sidebar or a bold icon appears next to MESSENGER:
      1. Click Offline or the bolt icon.
    2. If a grey bolt appears next to Online Contacts in your Yahoo! Mail's left navigation bar, click that bolt to make sure it turns yellow.
    3. Select Available, Busy or Invisible from the list.
      1. You can also select Custom Status… to sign in with your account set to a custom state.
  3. Press i (think instant message).
    1. You can also click Messenger in the top Yahoo! Mail navigation bar, then click the compose icon ().
  4. Type the desired user's Yahoo! Messenger ID (or email address) under To:.
  5. Hit Enter.
  6. Type away over Add a message.
    • Hitting Enter will send the message.
    • You can start a new line (without sending) by pressing Alt-Enter.

    Enable Yahoo! Messenger in Yahoo! Mail

    To make sure Yahoo! Messenger is enabled in Yahoo! Mail:

    1. Click the Messenger icon in the top Yahoo! Mail navigation bar.
    2. Make sure your first name is entered under First Name on the Your Messenger Profile sheet.
    3. Now make sure your surname is entered under Last Name.
    1. Click Next.