How Can I Check My Husband’s MSN Messenger Chat History At Work?

So you don’t quite trust your husband or maybe you do but you’d like to keep an eye on him. It is probably just as well. We men are notorious for getting ourselves into trouble. We need a guiding hand like a car needs a set of four good tires. It is easy to stray if you are not careful and the internet provides too many distractions. One such distraction is instant messaging programs such as MSN chat. You can talk to just about anyone from your computer using MSN and it is all completely harmless, right? Well, sometimes it is just a good idea to make sure. If you want to check your husband’s MSN chat history, here is how.

MSN Chat History

MSN Chat is an instant messaging program where you can chat live with virtually anyone in the world. There are several instant messenger programs which are all pretty popular. There are messaging programs for Google, Yahoo, AIM, and a few others. They all work the same and they all save the history of every online chat that you ever had. The history is saved on your computer’s hard drive where you can access it.

It is possible to delete chat histories or even save a new setting so that the computer will not save the history. If you are checking up on your spouse and they have done this, you won’t be able to find out who they have been talking to.

How To Access MSN Chat History


If you are checking up on a spouse who you are suspicious of straying, gaining access to their MSN chat history is easy. All you have to do is open MSN Messenger. On the far right of the bar that is below your profile photo, there should be a button that says “Show Menu”. Click on that button and a drop down menu will appear.

On the drop down menu, click on “Tools”. On the left, a window will open. Look for “Messages” and click on that. A window should open up with a box that you can check to save the chat history. If it is not already checked, go ahead and do that. Now you can keep an eye on it to see if your spouse will change it.

On the address bar will be a directory of chat addresses and contacts. You can click on any of those contacts and pull up a history of chat conversations with that contact.

Another way to do it is to go to your C: drive and go to My Documents. Unless the box to save all chat history is unchecked, MSN Messenger automatically saves all chat conversations on your computer in a folder, usually called “My Received Files”. Click on that folder and look for your (or in this case, your spouse’s) user name. Click on it and go to “History”.

The “History” folder will have all of the saved conversations from MSN chat. By clicking on the folder, you can access any of the conversations to find out exactly who they were talking to and when. To look at conversations with specific contacts, just click on their name and a chat history will open up in a new window.

Chat History Saved In A Different Folder

Women have rarely accused men of being overly intelligent but we can be cunning sometimes. It is possible, and very easy, to save chat history in a different folder than the computer’s default folder. Chat histories can be saved to a different location by going to Messenger and clicking “Show Menu”.

Go through “Tools” and “Options” and then click on “Messages”. When it comes to saving the messages, there should be a button that says “Change”. Click on that button and you can pick any folder to save the messages to or you can even create a new one.

Can You Gain Access Using Another Computer?

The best way to check the history on someone’s MSN Messenger is to do it on their computer. But sometimes this may not be an option. If not, there is not a whole lot else you can do.

Since MSN messages are stored locally on a computer’s hard drive, accessing them from another location is difficult if not impossible. It can be done but the computer where the files are stored needs to be networked to another computer that has, through the proper software, remote access to local files.

Usually only certain businesses are set up with this kind of network. Most computers, especially home computers, don’t have the software or hardware to do this.