Set up iChat
Mac Tip #277/21-Feb-2007
If you followed last week’s Tip, Chat around the World, and signed up for an AOL screen name you’re ready to chat. Every new Mac comes with iChat in the Applications folder.
The iChat Setup Assistant
Start up iChat. If you’ve never used it before a Setup Assistant appears to help you through the set up process.
Read the information and click Continue.
Enter your screen name
On the next screen enter your name, choose AIM as the Account Type, enter the screen name you signed up for and the password you chose, then click Continue.
Ignore Jabber (unless you know what it is)
Unless you know what Jabber is, ignore that screen for now and click Continue.
Bonjour messaging is useful if you have other computers nearby, as the next screen explains. Make a choice and click Continue.
iChat — the camera screen
If you have a modern Mac with an iSight camera above the monitor then the next screen may take you by surprise as you should suddenly see yourself. A green light beside the camera will be lit too.
Ready to chat!
A final screen tells you how you can get underway and how to change the settings you’ve just chosen. Click Done to quit the Setup Assistant.
The Buddy List and the Bonjour List
Two windows appear: the Bonjour window shows computers nearby that have chat available, while the Buddy List shows a list of people whose chat address you have saved on the Instant Messaging server.
Add a Buddy manually
To add a new buddy make sure the Buddy List window is active (click on it once, if necessary) then go to the Buddies… menu and choose Add Buddy…. A window into your Mac’s Address Book appears.
If your new buddy is already in your Mac’s Address Book select their name from the Address Book list. Otherwise, click New Person, choose their Account Type, enter their screen name, then click Add. Their screen name is added to your Buddy List. The name is dimmed in your Buddy list if they’re not online, or are online but don’t have their chat software running.
If they come online and start up their Chat software their screen name will appear in black in the Buddy List. Double click their name and you can start chatting.
See also: Chat with iChat.