Message classmates and other users by accessing the Instant Messages tool. This tutorial shows how to navigate the Instant Messages tool in Brightspace Learning Environment. A red dot on the Messages alert icon in the minibar indicates unread mail and messages. Click the icon to access Instant Messages. Select Go to Instant Messages. This takes you to your inbox. Click the message to read and respond to it. Enter your message. When you are ready, click Send. You are returned to your inbox. Click the Friends tab to view your contacts. Click the Classlist tab to search for users to add to your Friends list. Filter your search by selecting a class from the drop-down list. Then, select the user or users you want to add to your friends list. Click Add. The users display in your Friends list. Message classmates and other users by accessing the Instant Messages tool.