Do you have chat accounts in Yahoo, Hotmail, Google and other chat networks, but getting lazy opening everything individually? Well, Pidgin might be the answer to your dilemma. Pidgin is a freely distributed and easy to use chat program that connect to almost all popular chat networks all at once.  Pidgin is also a cross-platform software, which means that it can be used no matter what operating system you are using.  It is compatible with Linux and the latest Windows 7.  This is also a great alternative if you are having problems signing in to your accounts, such as Yahoo Messenger, due to some internet connection issues.

How to Install Pidgin for Windows

  1. Download Pidgin here.
  2. Click Save File.
  3. Run the installer pidgin-2.6.6.exe.
  4. Choose your desired language and click OK.
  5. In the Welcome screen click Next.
  6. Click Next.
  7. In the Choose Components screen, select the URI you need(check AIM if you use AOL account, msnim if you are using Hotmail, ymsgr if you are using Yahoo Messenger, and so on) and then click Next.
  8. Choose the location where you want to install Pidgin and click Install.
  9. When Installation is completed, click Next.
  10. Finally, click Finish.

That’s it! You can now run your new all in one chat client.

How to setup your chat accounts in Pidgin

  1. Open Pidgin.
  2. From the main menu click Accounts(or press Ctrl+A).
  3. Click Manage Accounts.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Choose the Protocol(Yahoo, MSN etc.)
  6. Type your existing username and password for the said protocol.
  7. Click the box beside Remember password.
  8. Click Add.
  9. To add another chat account, repeat step 4.
  10. If you are done, click Close.
  11. Restart Pidgin.
  12. You should be able to login in all your accounts automatically.

That’s it.  Now you can chat your hearts out without the need to go from one account to another.

Happy chatting everyone.

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