Starting today we will make a series of tutorials with recommended settings for different applications. The first in this series is Yahoo! Messenger. This is one of the most used programs, but also one of the most annoying (with the default settings).
In this section we will not cover the installation process step by step, but instead we highlight the settings that you need to make when installing. Many applications have options to install toolbars or other additional applications. Some of which could damage the operating system (viruses, spyware, malware, etc).
During the installation process, Yahoo! Messenger will automatically set Yahoo website as the homepage and also as the default search engine in your browser. In addition to this, it will also install Yahoo! Toolbar, which is not necessary and significantly slows down the loading time of your browser. And the Yahoo! BrowserPlus add-on is only necessary if you use the Yahoo email service.
- Yahoo! Toolbar;
- Yahoo! BrowserPlus;
- Make www.yahoo.com my browser home page and,
- Make Yahoo! My browser’s default search engine and install Yahoo! Search Protection* to alert me of any attemts to change it.
When starting, Yahoo! Messenger displays a lot of unnecessary windows. The problem is that these windows will start every time you open Messenger and this will become quite annoying.
First, we start with hiding parts of Yahoo! Messenger to make the contact list more visible and accessible. To do this, click the Messenger menu, then Show/Hide and uncheck Plug-ins and Yahoo! Search Bar. To further clean the interface, click the X button in the box that advices you to connect your Facebook to Yahoo! Messenger.
To make the rest of the settings you have to go to the same Messenger menu then click Preferences. Yahoo! Messenger Preferences window will appear. Here, under the General tab, uncheck Automatically start Yahoo! Messenger to prevent application to start with Windows, then uncheck Show Yahoo! Messenger Insider to prevent Messenger Insider window to start every time you open Yahoo! Messenger. (FIG 3A)
If you want Yahoo! Messenger to make no sound, under Alerts & Sounds tab, uncheck Enable alert sounds. Also in this section you can turn off the notifications in the bottom right of the screen by unchecking Showing a message at the bottom right corner of screen. (FIG 3B)
Under the Appearance tab you can press the red button next to Change Skin to change the theme of the application (FIG 4A). To see a more compact contact list, select Compact view beneath the Messenger List (FIG 4B).
For a better connection and higher transfer speed for the files, it’s recommended to change the connection type to reflect the Internet connection you have. Under the Connection tab, beneath Internet connection, choose High-speed (T1/LAN) and choose the country where you are located, under Home country. We recommend High-speed (T1/LAN) because it is the most common type of connection in our country. If instead you have a modem that connects to the cable (TV antenna), then choose Broadband (DSL/Cable), or if the modem is connected via the telephone to the Internet, then choose Dial-Up. (FIG 5A)
If you do not wish certain people to contact you, or if you are contacted by people who are not in your contact list, under the Ignore List tab select Ignore anyone who is not in my Yahoo! Contacts. Now strangers will not be able to contact you. They can message you only if you add them in your contact list. (FIG 5B)
Under the Messages tab, uncheck Show messages from background windows at bottom right of screen to stop Yahoo! Messenger to show the messages from people you are talking with, in the bottom right corner. And if you don’t like the new tabbed interface in Yahoo! Messenger 11.5, you can select the option Show the messages in separate windows, then uncheck Open new message windows in a tab to bring back the old way to chat, with separate windows for each conversation. (FIG 6A)
If you don’t want everyone to know that you’ve turned on your webcam, uncheck Showing my webcam, and displays this message: View My Webcam under the Privacy tab. A similar option you can find under the Webcam Broadcast tab, by unchecking When I show my webcam, change my status message to: View My Webcam. (FIG 6B)
The last setting you need to do is to uncheck the Show this message in the future from the window that appears when you click the X button from the main window of Yahoo! Messenger. This window will warn you that the main window was closed, but that Yahoo! Messenger is still open and it indicates the place where you can access it (in the System Tray – bottom right).
So much for Yahoo! Messenger. If you have any questions, post them in the comments section below. Good luck with the settings!