Chat with iChat
Mac Tip #278/28-Feb-2007
Make yourself available
iChat should automatically log in when you start it up, but if it does not then click on “Offline” in the Status Menu in the Buddy window, just below your username. Choose Available from the drop-down.
Type a short messageIf the Buddy List isn’t visible choose it from the Window menu.
Once you’re connected to the chat server any buddies who have their chat software running and are online show up in the Buddy List in dark text. Offline buddies may be displayed in light grey text. Look under the View menu for display options.
Double click a buddy’s name in the list, and then type a short message. Press Return to send it.
Accept or declineThe intended recipient will see a small window with your message. Once they accept the invitation by clicking on your message, typing a response and clicking Accept, the chat is on.
A chat window opens, displaying your comments on one side and theirs on the other.
Send text or files
Type your side of the conversation into the text area at the bottom of the window and press Return to send. Send files, such as photos or other files by dragging them into the text area and pressing Return.
The file being transferredIn my experiments, photos and PDFs tended to be displayed in the chat window, while other files appeared as a message containing the filename.
When the recipient clicked on that message a window popped-up, showing the file was being transferred.
To end a chat close the chat window.
That should get you started, but there are a few more tips yet about chatting. More next week.
You can sometimes find me available on iChat as
I’d like to thank Tips reader Jo Fothergill for agreeing to chat with me so I could make some of the screenshots available in the online archive. Jo writes a blog called ‘out and about in aotearoa‘.