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Switch views

You can choose to use Messenger in either a full view or a compact view.

Watch this video to learn how to customize your view in Windows Live Messenger. (0:56)

Full view

In full view, you can see what's going on with your friends across the web all in one place. Friends' social updates, photos, and more come right to you. And you can easily access content from MSN and play games. All this information appears in the left pane of the main window. Click MSN to play games, access news and weather, and more, or click SOCIAL to filter your updates by any of these categories:

  • Recent—Shows the most recent social updates your friends have shared

  • Me—Shows the social updates you’re sharing with your friends

  • Photos—Only shows photos that your friends have shared with you

  • Status—Only shows status messages that your friends have posted

  • Links—Only shows links to webpages that your friends have shared

  • Videos—Only shows videos that your friends have posted recently

Compact view

The compact view shows your friends and hides all of your social updates. To see social updates again, just switch to full view by clicking the Switch to full view button.

To only see your list of friends, click the Switch to compact view button.

Picture of the full and compact views in MessengerFull and compact views in Messenger