At the top of the Yahoo! Messenger window lurks an often overlooked, but handy piece of the interface: the contact search bar. Aptly named, it lets you quickly find a friend in your contact list and start a conversation with them, whether it’s over IM, email, SMS or voice. And even if someone’s not in your contact list or address book, you can just enter a Yahoo! ID, phone number or email to get started.
Using the Contact Search Bar on Yahoo! Messenger
1. Start typing a couple characters into the Contact Search Bar, and a list of matching names, IDs, and phone numbers will appear below.
2. Use the arrow keys or the mouse to highlight a contact, and press the Enter key.
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