When we first released Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta, some users were upset about the changes made to the contact list. Compared to its older sibling 8.1, the display images were larger and positioned on the right, and there was a lot more space devoted to each contact in the list. For users with lots of contacts, this can mean a lot of scrolling to find a friend in their list.
In response to the feedback, we included a preference in the Contacts menu for the appearance of the contact list. While this has been available in 9.0 Beta for awhile now, not everyone knows about it so I figured it was worth mentioning again.
There are two modes for your contact list – Detailed and Compact. The detailed list mode shows larger display images for your friends, puts status messages on a separate line, and spaces out your contacts. In contrast, the compact list mode tightens up your list by putting the friend’s name and status on one line, and uses small display images.
To change your contact list mode, just click on the “Contacts” menu at the top of your main Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 window and choose “Compact List” or “Detailed List”. This preference will remain even after you sign out of Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.