I LOVE Google Chat/Hangouts and chat countless times
during the day with those I work with!
In fact, I usually have three or four chat windows open at one time.
If I have a quick question it's so much faster than sending
an email to someone and worrying that it will get
lost in their massive inbox full of emails!
Here are a few tips and tricks that I've found for
using Google Chat/Hangouts
that help make chatting easier for me!
Add Pictures for Your Contacts:
The profile photo that a Google user has uploaded shows up
next to the name in email and chat.
But did you know that you could change what picture you see?
So if someone has a little blue head showing and it drives you crazy?
Don't like the pic they chose?
To do so just go to your Contacts,
search for the user, hover over their photo field and click change picture.
Upload anything you want- and they will never even see it!
Right Side Chat Window
Although I love chatting in Google- when it's over on the left side along
with all of my MANY MANY Google mail folders, it's WAY too crowded.
The day I turned on right side chat, that changed!
To turn it on, click on Settings under the gear on the right side,
the choose Labs from the choices at the top of the page,
and enable Right Side Chat.
From then on your chat list will appear on the right side!
Format the Text
If you've ever wanted to bold or italicize or underline
something while chatting, you can!
To bold something, use Ctrl + b before the text.
To italicize, use Ctrl + i before the text.
To strikethrough, use Ctrl + u before the text.