Block People from Contacting You in Messenger

Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger are great programs for instant messaging, no doubt, but they can place quite a strain on your time if you let anyone and everyone send you a message.

Here's what to do to allow contact only from certain individuals:


In the Windows or MSN Messenger window, choose click Tools | Options.


Click the Privacy tab.


Under My Allow List, click the "All others" group, and then click Block. Also, make sure the "Only people on my Allow List can see my status and send me messages" check box is selected. Both options are shown in Figure 12-18.

Figure 12-18. Setting privacy options in MSN Messenger.

If you want to block just a certain individual from contacting you, highlight his or her contact record in Messenger, right-click, and choose "Block." Don't worry; you won't hurt their feelings because they'll never know you don't want to "chat" with them. To the "blocked" Messenger contact, your status will simply display as offline, saving everyone an awkward conversation later on.

And, even though you've blocked someone, you can still end up exchanging IM messages if you are both invited to a conversation by someone else.

Then there are times when you don't want anyone to contact you through MSN Messenger. If that's the case, you can set your status to "Busy," "Away," or "Appear Offline."

No problem, just click the little arrow next to your name in the Messenger main window and choose one of the other status indicators, as shown in Figure 12-19.

Figure 12-19. Change your Messenger status.

Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
ISBN: 013167983X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 275
Authors: Brian Culp © 2008-2017.
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