What's Inside Yahoo Chat Rooms

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A Closer Look at the Yahoo Chat Rooms Directory

Yahoo Chat Rooms Directory
Reproduced with permission of Yahoo! Inc. ©2011 Yahoo! Inc.

For beginners to Yahoo Chat, some of the Internet's most popular free chat rooms could be a little difficult to navigate at first. But, with just a little guidance, Yahoo Chat is both easy and fun to use!

Here is a closer look at the Yahoo Chat Rooms Directory, the first thing you see when accessing the chats on Yahoo Messenger, with features discussed numerically based on the graphic above (moving counter-clockwise):

What's Inside the Yahoo Chat Rooms Directory

1. Yahoo Chat Categories
From this menu, users can navigate between the 17 categories and 39 subcategories of Yahoo Chat Rooms which exist. Click on a category to review the available Yahoo chat rooms in the opposite window panel.

2. Yahoo Chat Rules
Every community must have rules, and Yahoo Chat is no exception. Click this link to learn more about the Yahoo Chat rules which guide users' activities and actions.

3. Go to Room
Once you have chosen your Yahoo chat room, click on its title with your cursor and click the "Go to Room" button to enter your Yahoo chat.

4. Chat Rooms Panel
From this menu, users can navigate between the different unique Yahoo chat rooms for each category.

5. Number of Webcam Users
Within the Yahoo chat rooms panel, users can view the number of persons who are in a Yahoo chat room with a live webcam connected and turned on. This number is found in brackets, next to the letter "w." For example, as illustrated above, the "[w70]" next to the Body Art chat room title indicates it had 70 users connected to webcam.

6. Number of Chat Room Users
Next to each Yahoo chat room title in the rooms panel, users can also view the number of persons using a particular chat room. This number is found in parenthesis, and are always listed before number of Yahoo webcam users. For example, as illustrated above, the "(40)" next to the Actors & Actresses chat room title indicates it had 40 users in the chat room.

7. Chat Room Aliases
Want to protect your identity while using Yahoo Chat Rooms? Users can create and choose aliases when using Yahoo Chat from your Messenger account settings.

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A Closer Look at Yahoo Chat Rooms

Yahoo Chat Rooms
Reproduced with permission of Yahoo! Inc. ©2011 Yahoo! Inc.

Once inside Yahoo Chat, the Internet's most popular free chat rooms become a little more familiar, especially for Yahoo Messenger users.

Here is a closer look at the Yahoo Chat Rooms, as they appear after selecting them using the directory from Yahoo Messenger. In this guide, features are discussed numerically based on the graphic above (moving counter-clockwise):

What's Inside the Yahoo Chat Rooms

1. Chat Room Title
Located at the upper left-hand corner of the window, users can find the title of any Yahoo Chat room they open.

2. Actions
From the actions menu, Yahoo Chat Rooms users can locate a number of exciting features to share and connect with other Yahoo Chat users, including:

  • Webcam. Click this icon to launch your webcam, to be shared in Yahoo Chat rooms and with other Yahoo Messenger users.
  • Voice. Want to utilize the audio voice chat in Yahoo Chat rooms? Select this icon to see the voice chat bar inside of Yahoo Chat rooms.
  • Send File. Want to share files and photos with a Yahoo Chat user? Click their Yahoo ID, and then click this icon to browse and send your files.
  • Chat. Getting tired of your Yahoo Chat room? Click the Chat icon to open the Yahoo Chat Rooms directory.

3. Chat Room
This panel is where the action happens; any message sent into Yahoo Chat will appear here.

4. Chat Rooms Panel
From this menu, users can navigate between the different unique Yahoo chat rooms for each category.

5. Text/Emoticon Area
Want to personalize the Yahoo Chat experience? From this panel, users can add Yahoo emoticons, and change text to be bold, italicized, a different font or text color!

6.Text Field
Have something to say? Enter your messages into this text field, and hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard to send your message in Yahoo Chat rooms.

7. Chat Room Users
From this panel, users can browse the users currently using the Yahoo Chat room you are currently using.

8. Webcam Users
Users with a TV set icon next to their screenname indicate they have a live webcam connected. Webcams require permission to view on Yahoo Chat rooms.

9. Audio Users
Audio users are those with an icon of a Yahoo smiley with headphones next to their Yahoo ID. This conveys they are able to listen and respond using Yahoo Chat Rooms' audio settings.

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