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April 2, 2006

Google Talk Tips & Tricks

Some people say Google Talk is nice because of its minimalistic design, but they coudn't use an Instant Messenger that doesn't have smileys and font customization. Here are some tips that will make your work with Google Talk better.

Keyboard shortcuts

* CTRL + Mousewheel up/down: Change the font size in a conversation window.
* CTRL + E: Center text
* CTRL + R: Right justify text
* CTRL + L or CTRL+J: Left justify text
* F9: Open Gmail to send an email to the person you talk to
* F11: Start a call
* F12: Stop the current call
* ESC: Close the current window

Conversation

* Some smileys are converted by Google Talk: :-| :-O :-x :-P :-D ;-) :-( :-) B-) :'( :| :O :x :P :D :) :( :)
* To write bold text, type *your gtalk message*
* To write italic text, type _your gtalk message_

Startup parameters (go to Start/Run and type "c:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe" /one_parameter_from_the_list_below)

* /nomutex: allows you to open more than one instance of Google Talk.
* /register: write Google Talk settings in the registry.
* /checkupdate: check for new version.
* /factoryreset: revert to default settings.
* /mailto email@gmail.com: send an email with Gmail.
* /diag: start Google Talk in diagnostic mode.

Related:
New Google Talk build (includes avatars)

31 comments:

  1. thnx.. nomutex is new for me..

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  2. Could i translate this tutorial of gtalk in my blog ?
    Coz, lot of my friend use gtalk too.
    Could i???

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  3. I just discovered that 'B)' (minus quotes) is displayed in blue.. What's up with that?

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  4. I LOVE the italics and the bold options ... also, the most hilarious thing - I must've accidentally hit F11 a couple times without knowing what I was doing and thought it so strange that gtalk initiated a call with my chatting partner seemingly unprompted. That was odd! Fun, though...

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  5. is it possible to change download file location, by default it is in my documents folder

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  6. It will be gr8 if we can hv confernce ablity for gtalk.

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  7. u can use conference with gtalk.. bt only if sumone invites u to tht...which can b done through gmail

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  8. ^word types everything after '^' in ALL CAPS
    ^word^ types everything between the two '^' in ALL CAPS and BLUE

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  9. Anonymous' April 27, 2009 1:54 PM PDT post doesn't work for me.

    (^word types everything after '^' in ALL CAPS
    ^word^ types everything between the two '^' in ALL CAPS and BLUE)

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  10. how do u add color to the text..?? any idea..??

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  11. how to set status mssg thru keyboard(without using the mouse)

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  12. These are just awesome tips. I think you need to add better emoticons in Gtalk and make it more good for us. And sometime gtalk sing didn't work well with firefox.

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  13. how i can show my status as idle all the time even in working state

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  14. how can i invisible in gtalk???

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  15. download gtalk labs version so dat u can sign in at invisible mode

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  16. how to divert gtalk message of one gtalk messager account to another gtalk messager account
    OR
    how to send an sms when i recived any gtalk messanger account message
    please inform me who have any idea on my email. akash.soni@ecni.de

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  17. Type: BO
    in all caps. it shows in blue font. Why?

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  18. in gtalk, when the letters can be replace by a smily, gtalk identify it in bolded blue.. i.e. BD, BO,:) and so on

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  19. but how to change font size if I don't have a mouse? I use netbook with touchpad....

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  20. CTRL + '=': increase font size
    CTRL + '-': decrease font size
    CTRL + '0': set to regular font size

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  21. i have tried many things ^blue^ and so on... none of them work for me. any idea why? my friend used purple in a chat and she doesn't know how. if anyone can help please email me at pelleest@gmail.com

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  22. minus sign can be used to screch the text
    -text-

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  23. How to send message to everyone at a time

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  24. Neither Ctrl-+ nor Ctrl-MouseWheel works for me. Rather sad as the used font is to small for me. Back to Skype where I can read stuff without having to lean forward to the monitor.

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    1. press the ctrl button in bottom left and the += button on top right at the same time oold a second

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  25. How to change the different font style in gmail chat.... ?

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    1. * To write bold text, type *your gtalk message*
      * To write italic text, type _your gtalk message_

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  26. I'd like to disable the auto bold and other such feature. I don't want smilies converted to anything other than what I put.

    If I type this: *nod*

    I don't want it made bold. I want the asterisks left in place. If I add a smiley like this: :)

    I want the smiley left as it is. The smiley changeis especially irritating when pasting code to someone.

    I'd just like to see a messenger client that leave my text alone exactly as I typed it.

    PS: And in courier font.

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  27. the trick to make the text bigger doesn't work

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