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Sending and Receiving Instant Messages

An instant message is an online typewritten conversation in real-time between two or more contacts. As you type an instant message, you can format your messages by using fonts and color and by inserting graphical symbols called emoticons, such as a happy face, which help convey your emotions. Each message can contain up to 400 characters. You cannot send an instant message to more than one person, but you can invite other people using the same messaging service to participate in an existing conversation; you can include up to five people in a conversation.

Send and Receive Instant Messages

Double-click the Windows Messenger icon in the notification area of the taskbar, and then sign in, if necessary.

Double-click the contact to whom you want to send an instant message.

Type your message in the box at the bottom of the window.

To start a new line while typing, press Shift+Enter.

Click Send or press Enter, and then wait for a reply.

If you want to add another person to the conversation, click Invite Someone To This Conversation, and then double-click the person you want to add.

When you're done, click the Close button to end the session.


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