How do I use my webcam?

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Webcams are used to communicate with others over the Internet. They take pictures, record videos and even make it possible to have live face-to-face conversations with other web users. Some businesses use webcams to have face-to-face virtual meetings, where each person in the meeting is at a remote location but can see one another through the use of the webcam. Using your webcam is a matter of setting it up and connecting it to the Internet.

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    Position your webcam where you want it. Most people choose to position it directly on top of the computer monitor, because this area is closest to the face and provides the most intimate view of the subject.

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    Set up an account with Yahoo!. This is a site that allow webcam users to communicate with one another. To set up an account, click on "Create an Account" on the main screen. You are asked to enter your name, birthdate, a screen name and a password that you will use for the account.

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    Download Yahoo! Messenger by going to the Yahoo! Messenger website and clicking "Download." Click "Save" to save the Messenger program to your computer. Wait for the program to download. Click "Run" to install Messenger on your computer. A Yahoo! Messenger icon will be installed on your computer's desktop. Double-click on the icon, and Yahoo! Messenger loads. Log in to your account by typing in your selected screen name and password and clicking "Submit."

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    Connect your webcam with Yahoo! Messenger by clicking on the “Create and Update” tab on your Yahoo! Messenger software. Choose “Site tools” and “webcam.” Select “Start Your webcam.” Your webcam is now connected to your Yahoo! Messenger software, and you are ready to communicate with others by using your webcam.

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    Use your webcam. Select “webcam Upload” and “Broadcast” on Yahoo! Messenger. A webcam window will appear on your computer screen. To share what you are seeing on your webcam with other Yahoo! Messenger users, click on "Chat" and type in the screen name of the user you wish to communicate with. Click "Submit." A new window will open to chat with the other user. Click on the video icon on your chat window to allow the other user to see your webcam. To continue or stop broadcasting, either keep the webcam window open or close it to stop broadcasting.

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