Your Buddy List allows you to see which of your contacts are online so you can start a chat with them. iChat can display a different buddy list for each service it supports. To switch through the different buddy lists, you can use the Window menu. There will be an option for the default buddy […]

Before you can use iChat to send and receive chat messages, you must set it up by adding the accounts you plan to use: Open iChat AV by clicking on its icon in the Dock or in the Applications folder. A dialog box opens to help you set up your account after you launch iChat […]

Chat (also known as instant messaging) is a form of real-time communication. When you use chat, your message gets delivered to the person on the other end almost instantly, even if the other person is all the way on the other side of the world. The speed with which chat allows communication has made it […]

Chat conversations often take place at a very quick pace. To keep things flowing back and forth, it often helps to use abbreviations for frequently typed expressions. Below is a list of abbreviations you may see in chat messages: Abbreviation What It Means lol Laugh out loud rotfl Roll on the floor laughing btw By […]

You can block a contact at any time by selecting it in the contact list, right-clicking, and selecting Block. If you choose to block a contact, that contact will not be able to see your online status or send you chat messages. You can also set up Windows Messenger to alert you whenever someone tries […]

You can change your status from Online to Away if you need to step away from your computer for a short period of time. This way your online contacts know not to send you any chat invitations while you are away. To change your online status, select File, Status, and select one of the options […]

Windows Messenger allows you to collaborate with your students using the whiteboard feature. You can use the whiteboard to work together on equations and other math problems, or to work together on any type of diagram. To start a new whiteboard session, you can select a contact in the contact list and then click on […]

While you are chatting with your contacts using Windows Messenger, you have the ability to send them a file at any time. You can also receive files from your contacts as well. To send a file to a contact, start a conversation and then click on the Send a File or Photo link on the […]

With Windows Messenger, you cannot initiate a chat with more than one person, but you can add people to a conversation once you have started it. A total of five people can take part in a group conversation, including you. To add contacts to a conversation, open a conversation with one of your contacts and […]

To start a voice chat, right-click on a contact’s name in the contact list and select Start a Voice Conversation. You can also start a voice chat by selecting Actions, Start a Voice Conversation. You can add voice to a text chat as well. First, make sure the side bar is displayed by selecting View, […]

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