7.2 Creating a Custom Status

  1. Click File > Status > Custom Status.

    Custom Availability Status dialog box
  2. Click Add.

  3. Type the custom status title, for example, In a Meeting.

  4. Select Online, Busy or Away from the Show As drop-down list. This determines the icon that displays next to your status.

  5. (Optional) Type the text you want to automatically be returned to a user who tries to send you an instant message when you have this status selected, for example, “I'm in a meeting right now and can't respond.”

  6. Click OK, then click Close.