How to Send Instant Messages

by Lyan Uaha

Instant messages can directly be sent from Gmail and Yahoo mail. Sending messages from Gmail and Yahoo mail does not require you to install any software on your computer. Alternatively, you can use Google Talk or the Yahoo Messenger software, which provides similar functionality.

Send Instant Messages from Gmail

Log in to your Gmail account.

In the Gmail page that opens, on the left side, below "Chat," a list of contacts is displayed. A green dot shown before the contact name means that the person is currently online. Double-click on the name of a contact to whom you want to send an instant message.

In the pop-up box that opens, type your message and then press "Enter." Your message has been sent.

Send Instant Messages from Google Talk

Download and install Google Talk (See References section for link).

Open Google Talk and sign in.

From the displayed list of contacts, click on the name of the contact to whom you want to send an instant message.

In the pop-up box that opens, type your message and then press "Enter." Your message has been sent.

Send Instant Messages from Yahoo Mail

Log in in to your Yahoo mail account.

In the Yahoo mail window that opens, click on the drop down arrow near the "New" button and then click on "Chat" (Instant Message).

In the "New Chat" dialog box that opens, in the "To" field, type the Yahoo ID of the person to whom you want to send an instant message, and then press "Enter."

Send Instant Messages from Yahoo Messenger

Download and install Yahoo Messenger (See Resources for the link).

Open Yahoo Messenger and sign in.

From the displayed list of contacts, double-click on the name of a contact to whom you want to send an instant message.

In the pop-up box that opens, type your message and then press "Enter."

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About the Author

Based in Honolulu City, Lyan Uaha has been writing business and computer-related articles since 2007. He has been writing online instructional pieces since 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Kent State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Akron, Ohio.