Download Facebook Messenger for Windows

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Download Facebook Messenger for Windows

Facebook Messenger for Windows
Screenshot Courtesy, Facebook © 2012

While social networking is fun, there are times when you just don't want to keep your Facebook profile open so you can continue your conversations on Facebook Chat, the site's embedded instant messaging client. With Facebook Messenger for Windows, keeping your chat going right on your PC desktop is now as easy as ever.

Simply install the program software to your computer and you can send instant messages, get instant access to new inbox messages, see real-time updates and activities from your contacts and more.

How to Download Facebook Messenger for Windows

Before you can get started, you must download the IM client software using these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Point your web browser to the Facebook Messenger for Windows site.
  2. Locate the green "Install Now" button, as illustrated above.
  3. Click the button to begin your download.

Facebook Messenger for Windows System Requirements

Make sure your PC meets the following requirements before you begin, or you will not be able to use this IM client:

  • Windows 7
  • WiFi or wired Internet access
  • Facebook account

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Run the Facebook Messenger for Windows Installer

Facebook Messenger for Windows
Screenshot Courtesy, Facebook © 2012

Next, you will be prompted to run the Facebook Messenger for Windows installer on your computer. You will see either a dialogue box or a web browser alert asking if you either want to run or save the installation file, titled "FacebookMessengerSetup.exe." Click "Run" to begin installation without downloading the installer program or click "Save" to download the file directly to your PC if you intend to download Facebook Messenger for Windows later.

Click "Cancel" to exit the installation.

Once run, installation of Messenger for Windows can take a few minutes depending on computer and Internet speed. A dialogue box will appear, tracking the progress of adding the program to your computer.

After the instant messaging client is installed, Facebook will automatically log you in to Messenger and allow you to send and receive instant messages. Software updates will be installed automatically.

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How to Use the Facebook Messenger for Windows Buddy List

Facebook Messenger for Windows
Screenshot Courtesy, Facebook © 2012

Once installed, the Facebook Messenger for Windows buddy list will appear ready for use. You can now send and receive instant messages, receive alerts for and access new inbox messages, check out your friend's recent activities and status message updates, and more.

Here is a quick overview of your new Facebook Messenger for Windows buddy list and features:

How to Send an IM on Facebook Messenger

Locate the contact you wish to chat with using the social network's desktop IM client, and double-click their name to open a window addressed to that contact. Then, enter your text in the field provided and hit "Enter" to send your instant message.

How to Check for New Messages on Facebook Messenger

If you receive a new IM, it will pop up right on the desktop. To check for inbox messages, locate the envelope icon at the top of the buddy list. If a red balloon appears on the envelope, this indicates you have received a new message. The numeral listed in the balloon indicates how many new messages you have received.

To read these messages, click the envelope and your web browser will launch your Facebook Messages inbox.

How to View Status Updates, Activities

On Facebook Messenger for Windows, the top window of the buddy list displays all the status messages, new photos, comments and other activities your friends post on the social network. Clicking these entries will open your web browser and display the specific entry, message or photo as indicated.

How to View New Friend Requests

The avatar icon located in the top left corner will display a red balloon if you receive a new friend request(s). Click the icon to view and accept new requests as they are received.

How to View New Comments on Your Profile

The third icon, which appears as a globe, on the top of your Facebook Messenger for Windows buddy list will display a red balloon whenever you receive a new comment, Wall post or other notification for your account. Click this icon to view the notification with your web browser.

--Instant Messaging's Erinn De Hoyos also contributed to this report.