Windows Live Messenger Keyboard Shortcuts

For those of you that use Windows Live Messenger – a list with the more common shortcut keys available with this application.

For the Messenger conversation window For the Main Messenger window
Invite someone to this conversation Alt+I Collapse/Expand a category or group Press Left/Right arrow keys.
Create a Sharing Folder Alt+L+H Open a conversation window for an online contact Click the contact and press ENTER.
Send a single file Alt+L+F Close a contact card Press ESC.
Start or stop a video call Alt+O Delete or block a contact Click a contact and press DELETE.
Call a computer Alt+C Delete a category Click a category and press DELETE.
Call a contact at home Alt+C+H Find a contact that starts with a certain letter Click any contact in your list, and then type the letter. Type it again to go to the next contact that starts with that letter.
Call a contact at work Alt+C+W Move focus between buttons, tabs, links, or other elements Press TAB (or SHIFT+TAB for reverse order).
Call a contact at a different number Alt+C+O Send an e-mail to a contact Click a contact and press ALT+M.
Call a new number Alt+C+N Add a contact Press ALT+C and press ENTER.
See a list of activities Alt+V Open Windows Live Messenger Help Press F1.
See a list of games Alt+G Show the context menu for a contact Move the mouse pointer over the contact.
Block a contact from seeing you or contacting you Alt+K — or —
Select an emoticon Alt+M or Ctrl+E Click a contact and press ALT-LEFT ARROW. To navigate the context menu, use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW keys. To close the context menu, press ESC.
Select a wink Alt+W Select a menu from the menu bar Press ALT+F for the File menu.
Send a nudge Alt+N Press ALT+C for the Contacts menu.
Select a background for your conversation window Alt+B Press ALT+A for the Actions menu.
Press ALT+T for the Tools menu.
Keyboard shortcuts for Windows Live Call Press ALT+H for the Help menu.
Make a call CTRL+D Display a menu to move, size, minimize, maximize, or close the main Windows Live Messenger window Press ALT+SPACEBAR.
End a call CTRL+D Close a window Press ALT+F4.
Open the Options dialog box ALT+T+O
Open Help F1
Show Options CTRL+E
Delete selected Call History entry DELETE
Show Call History CTRL+H
Get more information about Windows Live Call CTRL+I
Add minutes CTRL+T
Manage your account CTRL+O
Mute the speaker CTRL+S
Mute the microphone CTRL+M


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  1. this is not wat i wanted :(

    Posted by kayloe | August 20, 2010, 6:18 am
  2. Nice one – well done
    Any idea why Ctrl+space should shut down Messenger?

    Posted by mickydee | September 9, 2010, 12:12 pm
  3. pleasw tell me how to cancel two alternate keys..instead of getting ‘ THIS ..i get EEE and instead oF @this, I get ” this.. many thanks HOWARD LIVICK

    Posted by howard livick | January 30, 2011, 7:40 pm
  4. Not sure what u mean there Howard. Sorry.

    Posted by Dr | February 7, 2011, 5:57 pm
  5. how Edit message which are already sent?
    like skype using ctrl+arrow keay

    Thank you
    Kirti Darji

    Posted by Kirti Darji | August 4, 2011, 6:12 am
  6. An insightful post.. you can also try for even more updates..

    Posted by Windows Live Help | November 15, 2011, 11:11 am

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