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Creating a Contact List

To send instant messages, you need a list of contacts who have Passport accounts and Windows Messenger (or MSN Messenger) installed. The best way to add a contact is to specify an email address, as described here. You can search a directory for contacts, but these searches tend to be ineffective. Messenger scans only your Outlook Express address book and Microsoft’s Hotmail Member Directory, which people often decline to be listed in.

To add a contact:

1.
Choose File > Add a Contact.

2.
Select By E-mail Address or Sign-in Name; then click Next.

3.
Enter the person’s email address (Figure 15.8); then click Next.

Figure 15.8. The wizard checks whether this person has a Passport and, if so, adds the name to your contact list.


4.
Click Next to add another contact or click Finish to quit the wizard.

Contact names appear in the main window.


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