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Where can I search for someone`s Yahoo Instant Messenger username?

In Yahoo Instant Messenger: Tools -> Manage Friends List -> Search for Friend.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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October 17, 2004 1:10 AM

Actually, the solution provided above is now outdated, if you update your Yahoo Messenger software regularly. As of version 6.0, Yahoo changed the menu structure DRASTICALLY, renaming or moving some menu items, and even renaming one or two menus themselves. To search from within the Yahoo messenger client program in the current version, you actually go to Contacts -> Search Yahoo! Member Directory .
My own experience with this method has been inconsistent at best, oftentimes seeing the program state a different number of total results, just from one page's worth of results to the next...that is, the initial response will say "Showing 1-20 of 153 entries..." only to click "Next 20>>" and see "Showing 21-40 of 47 entries..."

Instead, the solution I use is a bit more (in internet terms) antiquated...the web! You can access the same user database at . Or, if you prefer, you can click on "Advanced Search" which takes you to , to get even more specific than the search within messenger itself.
Unfortunately, even there the results are still less than perfect, however the web-based search suffers from the mentioned 'anomalies' much less frequently than the search that I believe has been provided in their own client since as early as (maybe) version 4.5!

Well, as anyone familiar with almost ANY part of Yahoo knows...nobody's perfect!

November 28, 2005 7:36 AM

Is it possible to find in which room a user is logged into? i am using yahoo messenger.
note : ( i just want to find out in which room my buddy is currently in)

Leo A. Notenboom
November 28, 2005 8:47 AM


December 20, 2005 6:55 AM

I have only a username from an instant message. How can I trace this person to locate identity or email address?

Leo A. Notenboom
December 20, 2005 10:05 AM

It depends on the service ... sometimes they have facilities to look up information, but it will only show as much information as that use wants to make public. In general it's pretty useless, and there's nothing else.

reality check
February 26, 2006 4:11 AM

Hey. 99.99% of the time you've lost track of someone, it is the other person's doing. Let it go. Move on with your life.

March 13, 2006 1:08 AM

Hi, Do you have a data base of all your answers to peoples post's that you have replied to? where can i find it?

I cannot preview my post because it says my javascript is turned off, how do i turn it on?, i have firefox.


March 13, 2006 9:22 AM

Well, this very site,, and the mailbag site, are that database. If you use the Google Search box on every page, you'll be searching both.

And since you posted, and posting requires javascript also, I'll assume you managed to turn that on :-).

May 30, 2006 4:12 AM

how can i find a friends email address ,if i only know his real name and date of birth.

May 30, 2006 9:02 AM

That's this article:

December 22, 2008 1:43 AM

iwon see old email freinds in yahoo

January 10, 2009 12:08 AM

your information is outdated. when I go to search for anyone, I can find no advanced search anymore. All i can do is put in a first name and all it brings up is first names..... NOTHING More... I hate the new profile and yahoo member directory, why dont they leave things alone?

April 13, 2009 12:32 AM

Leo Sir. is it posible to know where is a yahoo user chating.i mean in which chat room.

April 13, 2009 12:44 AM

If i have an emial adress of someone, so how can i find his other profiles?

Jenny waters
June 19, 2011 5:38 PM

This person is trying 2 scam me and she claims 2 be from akure ondo nigeria want 2 know who it is so they can be reported

Mark J
June 19, 2011 11:48 PM

There's really not much you can do to stop or find out who is trying to scam you. What you can do is to block that person from being able to contact you.

October 21, 2011 5:07 PM

Hi Leo,

I have a email address of a friend but it seems to be incorrect. How do I search for similar addresses that are a close match to my friend's and may be the one I'm looking for?

Thanks for your time and help.



Mark J
October 22, 2011 1:12 AM

There is no search function for that. As a long shot, you might try Googling their name or searching their name in Facebook. I've occasionally found people that way.

November 11, 2011 11:08 PM

how can i found the user name of my friend in yahoo messenger because my account was hacked and i created new but i don't memorize his yahoo id, i just remember the username name baby opl when i already add him on my list..please help me

November 25, 2011 11:21 AM

hi i live in iran and i whant to find a girl of my famile in finland ,i dont know her yahoo id ,can you helpe me?

Nope. That's not something I can help with.

March 21, 2012 6:30 AM

I forget my yahoo massager I.D but i have my password so ple tell me how to recover my i.D????

Franklin Egbuche
April 25, 2012 11:08 PM

Good day Sir,
I lost contact with a friend way back in 2008.
We chatted mostly on yahoo messenger and occassionally on phone.
Different continents.
After i got admission that year, we reduced our daily chats, but suddenly the person wasn't coming online and the number doesn't connect any longer.
Since 2010 till date, i have jumped from one site to another asking for possible ways to locate the person, all end up giving me unworkable suggestions.
I have the YM id but that doesn't seem to be the email id.
I can't spell the surname correctly so doing a search on FB is out of the equation with over 800 million possibilities.
Please is there a workable suggestion?
I don't even mind writting to yahoo for help (if at all they will care).
Am earnestly waiting.

June 9, 2012 7:44 AM

I've been trying to find this "tools" area. Where is it on the yahoo instant messenger?

June 23, 2012 7:51 AM

is there anyway to find if a username is really from the company they say they are.

Not that I know of.

Nicole Boivin
January 28, 2013 4:06 PM

I've had luck finding other Yahoo usernames on Was able to search their name and find their new username.

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