What is the Messages tool?
The Messages tool allows users to send and receive private messages to other site participants.
By default, users may send messages to one or more individual participants. Users may also send messages to all members of a particular group, all participants in a particular role, or all participants in the site.
The Messages tool is site-specific; messages may be sent only to users in the site in which they are composed, and they may be viewed only in the site in which they are composed and received.
Note: For instructions on how to add this or any other tool to your site, see How do I add tools to my site?
To access the Messages tool in a site, select the Messages link in the tools menu.
The Message Center area in the Overview tool in the site displays the number of new messages in the site and also allows users to access the tool.
To access the Messages tool from the Message Center in the Overview tool in the site, select the New Messages link or the message number.
By default, the Message Center area of the Overview tool on the Home page displays a list of all sites of which the user is a part, along with the number of new messages in each site, and also allows users to access the tool.
To access the Messages tool from the Message Center on the Home page, select the message number to the left of the site title in the Message Center Notifications area.