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home2-sshotsLast time I wrote an article on some cool tips and tricks in Windows Live Messenger 5 Cool Tips & Tricks In Windows Live MSN Messenger 5 Cool Tips & Tricks In Windows Live MSN Messenger Read More such as how to remove ads, or view who has blocked or deleted you as a contact. This time, I am going to explore the magical features that Messenger Plus! Live brings to WLM.

Messenger Plus! Live is basically an add-on for Windows Live Messenger that allows you to do a large range of customisations, and it just makes your experience using IM a whole lot better. I have at least two favourite features of Messenger Plus! Live and that is to right click on a contact and copy their email address to the clipboard, and the other one to send a mass message to all your contacts you are talking to at once.

But before I go into more detail, I better go back to the start – and that is, installation. First of all, download the program, and run the installation as you would normally would with any program. The installation file gives you an option if you would like to install a sponsor. I suggest that you refuse it just to save the hassle.

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You will be then presented with a series of options that you can choose. Have a read of each screen to learn more about the program. The Windows Live Messenger installation is now complete.

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To access the menu of Messenger Plus! Live, you will have a Plus! menu on your toolbar, or you can right click on a contact and select Messenger Plus! features.

Now that the software is installed, we can now look at some of the features that it offers.

Event Viewer

I find the event viewing really useful at times when I want to keep an eye out for a particular contact, when they go online, sign-out or are idle from their computer. No, I am not stalking them, but it is really useful if you’re away from your computer and people leave you a message and they sign out. The event viewer also records what songs your friends are listening to, and if you’re shy, its a great conversation starter. “Oh, you like Greenday? So do I!”

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Chat Log

You may find that the inbuilt chat log on Windows Live Messenger is alright, but I don’t really like that user interface when reading over your chat history. I find that the chat log viewer on Messenger Plus! Live is much easier to use, and to browse for particular conversations. If you are concerned about other users of your computer reading them, you can also set a password to protect your chat logs.

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Clean Up Your Contact Lists

In part 1 5 Cool Tips & Tricks In Windows Live MSN Messenger 5 Cool Tips & Tricks In Windows Live MSN Messenger Read More of the post, I outlined how you can see if people have you on their contact list. Another way to see is by choosing the options to clean up your contact lists. It is also a quick and easy way to remove contacts that you no longer require. I think my contact lists needs a bit of a clean up though.

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Lock Windows Live Messenger

If you find yourself having a very private conversation with someone on WLM,  and someone walks into your room, or you are at work and the boss walks in, you might find it very helpful to use the shortcut key to lock Windows Live Messenger. By default it is Control+Space. This minimises all open chats, the contact list and changes the task bar icon so it doesn’t look like you’re on Messenger. When you want to resume, double click the task bar icon and enter your password if you asked it to.

Sounds & Audio To Enhance Your Chats

If you are talking to a friend who also has Messenger Plus! Live installed, why not add some sound to enhance your conversation?Below are a couple of sounds you can get, and there are many more.

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Setting Personalised Status & Away Messages

Another great feature is the ability to set your own personalised status and away messages. This lets you tell exactly why you are away (if you want to tell people). You can also set auto-responders, so if someone starts talking to you, they will get a message that you set.

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There are many more features as well with Messenger Plus! Live. There are also scripts that you can download to get even more functionality out of Windows Live Messenger. So what are you waiting for? If you use Windows Live Messenger all the time, you should be using Messenger Plus! Live as well.

  1. Nunya
    March 17, 2010 at 11:14 am
  2. keyur patel
    February 24, 2010 at 1:25 am

    nice piece of software, thanks

  3. meteora
    January 18, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Nice article..
    I have been using MSN & Msgplus Live. The most powerful feature in it is the script. You have not mentioned about that. "There are also scripts that you can download to get even more functionality out of Windows Live Messenger."
    This is not enough I guess.
    But overall, good article/information to other users who didn't know about it.
    Msgplus Live is the reason, I love MSN.
    Please mention about script in your next article :)
    like NudgeScript, Screen Shot Sender, Steal Contact, Enhancer, blah blah blah..
    That would be cool .. :D

  4. Paulo
    January 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Unfortunately WLM doesn't offer real-time text (a chat window letter by letter, without the necessity of the send button).
    ICQ used to have it.

    Does anyone know a program or addon that has this feature?

    Thanks ;)

  5. Tony
    January 16, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I assume the add-on is not a Microsoft program? If not, just wondering what happens when Microsoft changes everything on Messenger, as they often do, and mess around with the interface.

    • Arq
      January 16, 2010 at 1:55 am

      I've been using the add-on for... since even before Live came out, and as far as I can recall they're very good at keeping up with updates.

      Unrelated to your comment -- I adore this add-on. I've had it for so long I'm sure there are parts of it I use daily that I don't even think about. The thing about it that most sticks out to me, and was the reason a friend convinced a whole chat room of people I was a part of to switch from AIM to MSN and get this add-on, is the sounds feature. At first it sounds sort of silly, but we have thousands of sounds between us that we've made -- we joke that for any conversation topic we can bring up a related sound. We have ones that have what you could call practical uses, like a BA-BUM-TSS sound for bad jokes, and then we have a ton of sounds that are funny quotes from shows we like, lines from songs, etc etc and often something will be said in conversation that will make someone go oh! That reminds me of...

    • Karun AB
      January 16, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Once you get updates for WLM (Windows Live Messenger), the program (Messenger Plus! Live aka MP!L/Plus!) notices this and doesn't load itself with the new version.
      An update is released soon after to support the upcoming changes.

      The version break usually happens when the change is huge. If it isn't, most of the core features don't break.

  6. SonicSam
    January 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    First of all, it's Windows Live Messenger, and second of all, the addon is called Messenger Plus! Live. Unrelated to MSN Plus.

  7. Joe Marsh
    January 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I actually just registered MSN today. Thanks for the info I will be able to use this for sure.

    Joe Marsh
    'Google First Page Forumula'

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