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Signing in to Messenger

If Messenger doesn’t sign you in automatically when you go online, you must do so manually. When you’re finished using Messenger, sign out.

To open Messenger and sign in

1.
Choose Start > All Programs > Windows Messenger.

or

Double-click Messenger’s notification-area (system-tray) icon on the taskbar (Figure 15.4).

Figure 15.4. The Messenger icon appears whether or not you’re online and signed in. The left icon indicates that you’re offline; the right one means you’re online and signed in.


or

Choose Start > Run; type msmsgs and then press Enter.

2.
Click the link titled Click Here to Sign In (Figure 15.5).

Figure 15.5. Your sign-in screen will be more elaborate than this one if you’ve signed in before.


3.
Type your Passport email address and password.

4.
If you don’t want to type your password every time you sign in, check Sign Me In Automatically (Figure 15.6).

Figure 15.6. Passwords are case-sensitive.


Don’t check this box on public PCs or a PC where your user account is shared.

5.
Click OK to go online (Figure 15.7).

Figure 15.7. Messenger’s main window appears after you sign in.



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