options for Windows Live Messenger

As explained in our "Sign in to Windows Live Messenger" tutorial, you have the option of making it remember your credentials, so that you don't have to manually login every time you launch your favorite instant messaging client. But as you'll learn in this tutorial, there are quite a few other settings you can configure that affect not only your own login, but also the behavior of Messenger when your friends sign in (a couple of these options were covered in "Disable notifications when signed in to Messenger" - namely, preventing Messenger from notifying you when friends or favorite friends login themselves.


Customize what Messenger does when you sign in or launch the program

Open the main Windows Live Messenger window, and click on your name (top right corner).

Configure Windows Live Messenger settings

These are the Sign-in-related options you can configure for Windows Live Messenger - click on the "OK" button (bottom right) to save and apply them. Note that these options only affect the copy of Messenger you happen to be using. If you have Messenger installed on another computer, it will retain its current settings, so you'll have to manually customize them to make them match if you so desire.

Tutorial last updated on December 17, 2011
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