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How to Appear Offline to One Friend in Windows Live Messenger

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How to Appear Offline to One Friend in Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft has released the latest version of Windows Live Messenger which comes with new version of Messenger as well. The new messenger sports a new UI along with integration of social networks. Another new feature added to Live Messenger is appearing offline to only one friend. The previous version of messenger had an option to appear offline, but then this would be to all friends, but with the new feature, you can appear offline selectively to your friends.

To appear offline to a particular friend, open Live messenger and right click on the person whom you want to appear as offline. Under the right click menu, you can see the option “Appear offline to this person”.

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Select this option and Messenger asks for a confirmation.


In case you want to be online to this person, follow the same steps and select the option “Appear online to this person” from the right click menu.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .



  1. Kris

    June 26, 2010 at 5:23 am

    This is basically the same as blocking someone.

  2. Fajr Breeze - Yuxx

    July 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    very cool trick, thank you for sharing

  3. Ada

    July 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    i noticed that we can go to the friend’s profile, details, manage, and choose “appear offline to X”,
    I can do that to all my friends, but one, is it possible he already is “appearing of line to me”?
    does it mean 2 friends cannot choose “appear of line to …” simultaneously?

  4. Fred

    June 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

    This doesn’t apply to the XP version of WLM. 🙁

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