Google Talk tips and Tricks

Posted on Saturday, August 27 2005 @ 11:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Google Rumors has posted a bunch of tips and tricks for Google Talk, the search engine giant's new instant messaging program.

First there's the discovery of the Wumpus game. By to your buddy list you will be able to play the classic text-based game.

Adjusting your Google Talk font size is possible, you need to hold the ctrl key while moving the scroll wheel of your mouse up or down. This tip works while being focused in either the read or write area of Google Talk.

Just like in MSN Messenger (and others?) you are able to insert linebreaks be holding shift and hitting enter.

Primitive text styling is also possible. By placing * around text you can make it bold and by using _ you can make it italic. (Example: *bold* will return bold and _italic_ will return italic)

Switching windows can be done by hitting tab. It will select minimized conversations, to expand them just hit enter. If you just want to cycle through IMs and don’t care about the buddy list, control-tab will do that and will automatically expand a minimized conversation if you settle on one.

And here is an additional trick I found over here. Google Talk supports some smileys like or :-(. But it won't return a graphical emoticon, it will just turn them blue.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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