Yahoo Messenger Web Options and Settings

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Yahoo Messenger Web Availability Settings

Yahoo Messenger Web Availability Settings
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From the Yahoo Messenger for the Web contacts list, users can set their availability with the click of a mouse! Yahoo Availability settings allow users to convey their level of attention they can give to chat, so contacts know when best to message.

The Yahoo Messenger Web availability settings include:

  • Available
  • Busy
  • Stepped Out - for extended unavailability
  • Be Right Back - for brief unavailability
  • Not at My Desk
  • On the Phone
  • Invisible - appear offline despite being available to chat
  • Custom Message Setting - create your own away messages

To set your availability, click on the availability drop-down menu and click on the appropriate option. Users who select "Custom Message" will be prompted to enter their own away message text. Click "Enter" to set the message as your availability.

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Yahoo Messenger Web Contact Search

Yahoo Messenger Web Contact Search
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Having difficulty finding a Yahoo Messenger for the Web contact? Enter your contact's screenname in the contacts search, located at the top of the Yahoo Messenger Web contacts list.

A list of related screennames will appear. Users can click on the appropriate screenname to send an IM or a free SMS text message.

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Yahoo Messenger Web Contacts List Settings

Yahoo Messenger Web Contact List Settings
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Yahoo Messenger for the Web users can arrange their contacts lists to their specifications, based on five available settings, including:
  • Online Contacts. Yahoo Messenger Web users can set their contacts list to display only contacts appearing online for chat.
  • Groups Names. Want to show group names? Select this option to show your contacts' specific groups, or uncheck for a completely group-free chat experience.
  • Mobile Contacts. Want to display mobile contacts? This option, when checked, will list mobile contacts alongside your MSN/Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo contacts.
  • Sorting Options. Yahoo Messenger Web contacts lists can be sorted based on name or availability settings, as the user sees fit.
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Yahoo Messenger Web Sound Settings

Yahoo Messenger Web Audio Sound Settings
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Need to turn Yahoo Messenger for the Web sounds on or off? Audio settings can be adjusted with one click:

Scroll your mouse to the speaker icon and click to choose between sound on and off. An important setting for anyone using Yahoo Messenger web client at work!

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Yahoo Messenger Web Sign Off

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Ready to go? If you are using Yahoo Messenger for the Web on a public computer, such as at work, school or the library, make sure to sign off of Yahoo Messenger web client.

The "Sign Off" button in the upper left-hand corner of the Yahoo Messenger web client environment will sign your account out from chat, and protect your contacts from sending and receiving IMs from an unauthorized user.