Use Gmail Chat

Many people now use Gmail chat as an alternative to various other instant messenger services. Gmail chat is more convenient because it does not require a separate program and the messages, themselves, do not take up multiple windows. Gmail chat is attached to a Gmail account, keeping all messages in the email window. You can also continue to use your email without closing the Gmail chat. Keep reading to find out how easy it is to use Gmail chat.

  1. Log-in to your Gmail account. This can be done from the Google home page by selecting Gmail in the upper left corner. Enter your username and password to progress to your Gmail inbox.
  2. Scroll down until you see the Chat box on the left side of the screen. This is how you will control Gmail chat. This box should contain a list of your various Gmail contacts. Your username should be at the top of this list, as well as a search bar.  
  3. Click on the username of the person you wish to chat with. There may be a colored dot beside each of your contacts. Only those with dots have Gmail and will be able to chat with you. If the dot is gray, then the user is not online and, therefore, is unavailable to chat. If the dot is orange, then the user is signed into Gmail, but is idle because of inactivity. They may or may not be available for chat. If the dot is green, the user is available for chat. When you click on your potential chat partner's username, a box should pop up in the lower right corner.
  4. Type your message into the messenger box that appears. When you are finished, press enter. Your instant message has now been sent and you are officially using Gmail chat.
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