Windows Live Messenger is able to have group chat by simply inviting people in your contact list to your current chat window. Have you ever noticed that multiple conversation is really annoying because you’re automatically being pulled in when someone invites you? I’ve been invited many times to group chat but never really wondered how to disable the auto join into the chat. Thanks to Michael Y for bringing this to my attention because he wants to avoid getting automatically pulled into a multi conversation every single time someone invites him. Sometimes, these conversations are so aimless that he leaves, but someone else always invites him in again! Moreover, this “feature” totally stops his download transfer and he’ll have to re-download the file again from the beginning.
I tried looking for a setting in Windows Live Messenger to disable the group chat or at least show a warning window before automatically joining into the group chat. I was so surprised that there’s no such setting! Did the developers of Windows Live Messenger forgot to add this setting? Fortunately, there is a way to automatically avoid joining into group chats and you’ll also get a warning window first.
Just follow the few simple steps below to on how to avoid being automatically being pulled into group chats in Windows Live Messenger.
1. Make sure you Windows Live Messenger is closed and not running.
2. Download Messenger Plus! for Windows Live Messenger and install. Take note of the installation process as you may need to uncheck all the checkboxes when asked to install their sponsor programs (adware). Simply uncheck all of the options then only click on the Accept & Install button.
3. Run Windows Live Messenger and sign in to your account.
4. Here are 3 plugins for Messenger Plus! which is able to block invitation to group conversation. I have tested all 3 with the current Windows Live Messenger 2011 Build 15.4.3555.308 and it works. Just make sure you use either one and not all 3 at the same time. To activate the downloaded plugin, simply double click on it, check “I accept responsibility of installing this script” and click the Import button.
Last Updated: 4/20/2011
Plugin Size: 10.4KB
- ChatBlock is the newer plugin of all 3. It can either be configured to block single or group chat conversation window. Click on the Plus! Plugins icon, go to ChatBlock and select Block all multi-participant conversation windows from the menu. You can unblock by going through the same steps as blocking.
When someone invites you to a group chat, a notification popup will appear at the bottom of your screen that says “Group conversation blocked”.
b) Group Chat Blocker
Last Updated: 8/24/2009
Plugin Size: 1KB
- Group Chat Blocker automatically leaves group chats without interrupting you. It will also automatically leave a polite message to the group saying “Sorry, I do not participate in group conversations. Goodbye.”
c) Group-Conversation Warning
Last Updated: 7/21/2006
Plugin Size: 2.35KB
- Although this plugin wasn’t updated in 6 years but it is still working with the current Windows Live Messenger. This is the most informative plugin out of the 3 because it shows you a warning together with the list of people who is in the chat. If you want to join the group chat, simply click the Accept button, if not then click the Decline button. Clicking the Decline button will also leave a message to the group saying “Please ask before starting group conversations”.
Power Tip: The automatic messages sent by Group Chat Blocker and Group-Conversation Warning plugin can be changed or removed from the Preferences > Plugins > Plus! Plugins > select the plugin and click the Edit button to edit the plugin with a built-in Script Editor. Uninstalling the plugin can also be done on the same area by selecting the plugin and click the Remove button.