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How can i disable add contact in msn, i just want specific person add in my msn messenger.
is there any way to do so?
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Hello tankergoblin

It is not very clear from your question what exactly you are trying to do.

First of all, what version of Windows are you using and are you referring to "Windows Live Messenger"?

Right-Click on My Computer and choose "Properties" to get the Windows version.
Click the Help Menu of "messenger" and choose the "About" option.

Now, when you say that you want to disable the "Add Contact" option because you only want one Contact, I don't understand what the difference is in whether you can see or can't see this option.  If you don't want to add a new contact, then just don't click on the option.

If you are talking about Windows Live Messenger or Microsoft Messenger, then from what I can see there is no menu option to hide the "Add Contact" option.  To hide or disable this option would require messing with the program files or *.dll files that are installed using some kind of decompiling and recompiling programming software, or adding strange settings to your registry.

There used to be a utility that allowed you to "tweak" older versions of Microsoft Messenger, and it seems that the same person has updated it for Windows Live Messenger recent versions.  Sometimes Messenger will detect that it had been tampered with and perform an automatic repair installation that shows all the things you hid using the tweaking tool.

I am NOT recommending this "patching" utility for Windows Live Messenger because I HAVE NOT TESTED it with Live Messenger.  I did use the utility for OLDER "Microsoft Messenger" releases, but NOT for the new "LIVE" version.

If you are prepared to risk messing up your computer, then be my guest but I will not accept responsibility for what it may or may not do.

http://apatch.org/

Be sure to check your program version!!

Someone else has given a list of what features can be enabled or disabled here.  The Add Contact ption might be amongst them:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/06/23/remove-ads-from-windows-live-messenger-with-a-patch-and-customize-messenger-options-and-visualisation/
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Yes, apparently that tweaking utility can do what you want:

http://apatch.org/features.php

Remove Contact Manager Bar
-- Move Contact Manager Bar to the Bottom
-- Remove "Add a Contact" Button from the Contact Manager Bar
-- Remove "Manage your Contacts" Button from the Contact Manager Bar
-- Remove Contact Search Field from the Contact Manager Bar
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Oh OK then, so I took a risk and ran the patch on my current installation of "Windows Live Messenger" version "2009 Build 14.0.8064.206" installed on a Windows XP Pro SP3 system on which I ran Windows Update a couple of days ago.

The tweaking utility version I used was "A-Patch143b2_WLM9.exe" (A-Patch for Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Wave 3 - Version: 1.43 Build 2) downloaded from here:

http://apatch.org/downloads.php

The author refers to the supported Windows Live Messenger versions as:
"Windows Live Messenger 9.0 (14.0.8064.0206, 14.0.8050.1202)"

You just unzip the downloaded file to a folder and run the program file "A-Patch143b2_WLM9.exe".  It has the option to create backups (click "Advanced" button), and the program options allow you to restore from the backups if you choose to do this later.   If you are doing this for the first time, or changing previously tweaked settings, you choose "OPatch Messenger".  The options to disable are then presented as check-boxes when you click "Next".

Bad news if you are thinking of trying this on a compatible version of Windows Live Messenger though.  There is no option to hide or disable the "Add Contacts" options in this program version using that utility.  The screenshot shows the only "tweakable" settings.

Please do not assume from my reckless actions that this utility is safe.  I took a risk on a computer that I was fully prepared to wipe clean without data loss if it messed things up.  It was good for me in that it hides the most annoying features.

Tweak-Options.jpg
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Thank you tankergoblin.
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