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Sending Text Messages Through Yahoo Messenger

Instant messaging is a quick way to communicate back and forth, but it isn’t much help if the person on the other end of the conversation has stepped away from the computer. If you have an urgent message that needs to get to a friend or co-worker, Yahoo Messenger lets you send a note as a text message directly to the cell phone of anyone on your contact list.

There are two separate methods for sending an SMS (text message) to your chat partner, depending on whether you currently have an active conversation going with the contact. If you already have an instant messaging session on your screen, open the “Actions” menu in the toolbar at the top of the window. Click the “Send SMS Message” option in the drop-down menu to open a prompt asking for the contact’s cell phone number.

Send SMS Message With Conversation Open

If you don’t already have your friend’s number saved in your contact details, type the phone number in the text box using the standard phone number formatting of “(555) 555-5555.” Click “OK” to bring up a new instant message window specifically for sending text messages.

Enter Cell Phone Number
Type your instant message as you normally would and click “Send” to send the message as a text.  Keep in mind that uncle Bob may not have a text package and receiving text messages could end up costing him money, so it’s a good idea to call first and make sure he wants to get texts from you.

Even if you didn’t already have an open messaging window or your chatting buddy isn’t currently online, there is still an option for sending text messages. Find the name of the person in the “Friends” or “Address Book” lists in the main Yahoo Messenger window, and then right-click the person’s screen name and select the “Send SMS” option.

Send Text Through Address Book

To plan ahead for future text messaging in case you don’t always have a family member’s number handy, Yahoo Messenger lets you save a cell phone number ahead of time. Open a new instant messaging window by double-clicking the contact’s name, and then open the “Actions” menu again. Navigate to the “Contact Options” entry at the top of the menu and click “Contact Details.”

Enter Contact Details

Open the “Primary” tab and type the cell number in the text box labeled “Mobile.” Save the number by clicking the “Save and Close” button at the bottom of the window.

Update Cell Number

With the contact’s cell number saved you are now able to get in touch with coworkers or engage in fun banter with friends and family through text messages without having to leave your computer or pick up your own cell phone.

~ Ty Arthur