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Disable Messenger in the New Hotmail Wave 4

Are you annoyed by having Messenger automatically sign in when you’re reading your emails in the new Hotmail?  Here’s how you can disable the Web Messenger in Hotmail and other Windows Live online apps.

Microsoft has recently updated Hotmail with tons of new features, and we recently looked at all the new features in a screenshot tour.  One of the newest features is the integration of Live Messenger, previously known as MSN Messenger, throughout all the Windows Live web apps, including the Office Web Apps and Hotmail.

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This can be a great tool if you want to catch up with your friends or work on an Office document with a coworker from the browser, but it can also be frustrating if you’re just trying to quickly read your email.  It can also be annoying if you prefer using Windows Live Messenger on your desktop instead of in your browser.

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The good news is, you can easily turn off the new web Messenger.  Simply hover over your name in the top right corner of Hotmail or any other Windows Live web app and select Sign out of Messenger.  That’s all there is to it; Hotmail will remember your settings, and will not automatically sign you into Messenger even if you use another browser or another computer to access Hotmail.  Of course, this means that you won’t be able to IM with friends in Hotmail, but it also means they won’t disturb you, either.

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Options to Still Use Messenger

Alternately, you could select Appear offline so you could still start IMs with friends but they would not see that you were available.  This is a nice half-way point if you enjoy getting to use Messenger directly in your browser but don’t want to be bugged when you’re busy.

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Also, of course, if you’ve signed out of Messenger, you can easily sign in again from the same menu.

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Conclusion

Even if you use Live Messenger to keep up with your friends and collaborate with coworkers, sometimes you just want to check your email in peace without letting everyone know you’re online.  This trick will help you make Hotmail work more like it did before, without losing the great new features such as Conversation View.  It’s still easy to use web Messenger again if you want, so you can always turn it on and off again as you want.

Or, if you’d rather use your Hotmail email offline without using the web interface, check out our article on How to Add Hotmail to Outlook 2010 or our tour of the New Windows Live Essentials which includes the nice Live Mail app for free.

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  • Published 08/6/10

Comments (10)

  1. net junk

    how do I take friends “out” of the list of friends while still keeping them as msn contacts ?

    as a matter of fact I noticed that I have a list of friends (which apparently can see each other – no idea how I got there); while my msn contact list is longer.

    i want to keep the msn contacts (including those who are friends; but no longer a friends netword). in other words i but would like to take out the friends…or “downgrade” the friends to contacts (& make sure no one sees this)

    possible ??

  2. Someone

    Really informative and helpful. I doubt many people checking hotmail realise they are signing into their live messenger accounts too!

  3. Another one

    Thanks, sometimes I just want to check my mail and not chat with anyone, because I have to go and it seems like I don’t wanna talk to them (when I actually just can’t). Better to keep things separated.

  4. Joep

    Not that helpful for me unfortunately, cause I have a Mac on which I use Adium as a messenger instead of MSN/Windows Live’s very own client. Every time I check out my Hotmail inbox and try to log into Adium to go online, it says I’m logged in on another location. I have to log in with the Webmessenger inside the inbox and then log myself out of it by logging in with Adium to go online, how stupid is that? I hate MSN for doing this, really lame.

  5. Justin

    This all used to be simple and just work, why do they just change stuff for the sake and make things more annoying ? maybe they have nothing to do at Microsoft ? heres a good idea… make an OS that works

  6. Michael

    Is it possible to disable the thing automatically when starting up? I can’t check my webmail at work because we can’t (thank God) use MSN messenger.

  7. TMaster

    Everyday MSN messenger becomes more annoying and less worth using… One of my favs is you are writing a long and intense email putting important info you may forget if not done right away and then poof all of a sudden the page is asking you to refresh or it asks you to sign back in… result: email lost

    MSN messenger is for fags period just like facebook (lowest breed of human use this often, most people should not be allowed to communicate with the outside world anyways), so you added fag messenger that has probably had more hands in producing child porn more then anything, so whats next your going to force me to create a facebook account so more people can invade on my personal life?

    and these slutty ads you are now producing? this is really making me want to not use this service any more since hotmail is basically about porn, child porn and yes spam.

    this was a retarded and selfish move for microsoft… like every other since bill gates stole the win os.

    microsoft is a company now made from stolen products… and then they over charge the people and wonder why others pirate… hmmm

    looks like its time to switch to gmail

  8. bosotnoo

    CRIMINAL HOTMAIL!

    MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT YET AWARE OF THIS SHITTY MOTHERF&CKING HOTMAIL?LIVE?MICROSOFT MOTHERF4CKER CHANGING THE MOTHERF4CKING PERSONAL SETTING.

  9. bosotnoo

    YES, MOVE TO GMAIL.

    FU_CK FACEBOOK AND ALL SOCIAL MEDIA. FU_CK HARD UNTIL THEY ARE ALL DEAD AS DEAD JE_SUS!

  10. stingrae

    IF ITS NOT BROKE DONT BLOODY FIX IT . . . GMAIL DONT GIVE A RATS EITHER ITS THEIR WAY OR THE HIWAY

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