Gtalk all Tricks n Tips

Mar 21, 2009

All most all of you have already switched to Gtalk, and started chatting there, you might also know some tips and tricks of it like how to type in bold, italics etc... I have collected all the tips and tricks (most of them) of Gtalk at one place

  • Change the font size - While holding the control key, move the scroll wheel on your mouse either up or down. 
  • Insert line breaks - If you want to insert a line or write multiple paragraphs, than just hold shift and hit enter. You can add as many new lines as you want to create.
  • Bold Text - To write in bold, just type something like this *this* .
  • Italic Text - To write in italics, use an underscore before an after the word, like _this_ . 
  •  Switch windows - if you are chatting to one or more buddys than just press tab to cycle the window through them. 
  • A message can be 32767 characters long. 
Some advanced Tips

More than one instance of GTalk-  If you have several Gmail accounts you can also run multiple instances of Google Talk. This is called Google Polygamy. To know how to do that follow the steps below:
  1.  Right-click on the desktop 
  2.  Select New > Shortcut 
  3.  Paste this into the text box: "c:\program files\google\google talk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex 
  4.  Click Next and choose a shortcut name such as New Talk, Google Talk etc...
  5.  Click Finish.
Commandlines- (Taken from
There are a few secret parameters you can add to Google Talk and make it function differently. The most important, I think, is /nomutex, which allows you to run more than one instance of GT. 
  • /forcestart: same as /autostart, but forces it to start no matter what option was set.
  • /S upgrade: Used when upgrading Google Talk
  • /register: registers Google Talk in the registry, includig the GMail Compose method.
  • /checkupdate: check for newer versions
  • /plaintextauth: uses plain authentication mechanism instead then Google's GAIA mechanism. Used for testing the plain method on Google's servers.
  • /nogaiaauth: disables GAIA authentication method. The same as above.
  • /factoryreset: set settings back to default.
  • /gaiaserver uses a different GAIA server to connect to Google Talk. Used for debug purposes only, there are no other known GAIA servers.
  • /mailto send an email with Gmail
  • /diag: start Google Talk in diagnostic mode
  • /log: probably has something to do with the diagnostic logging
  • /embedding: To add these, open up your GT shortcut, and where it says "Target:" add one or more of these inside the quotations, but after the .exe part. ere are the others:
  • /nomutex: allows you to open more than one instance of Google Talk
  • /autostart: when Google
To initiate the GTalk with the above given commands follow the steps given above and change the /nomutes entry with whichever command you wants.
 "c:\program files\google\google talk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex 
go to Start > Run
and type full path with command like below -
 "c:\program files\google\google talk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex 

Keyboard Shortcuts-
Ctrl + E - It centralizes the selected text, or the current line. 
Ctrl + R - It justifies to the right the selected text, or the current line. 
Ctrl + L - It justifies to the left the selected text, or the current line. 
Ctrl + I - The same thing does that Tab.
Tab - It is giving the area to each of the windows opened by Google Talk.
Ctrl + Tab - The same thing does that Shift + Tab .
Shift + Tab - The same thing does that Tab but in reverse.
Ctrl + Shift + L -Switch between points, numbers, letters, capital letters, roman numbers and capital roman numbers
Ctrl + 1 (KeyPad) - It does a simple space between the lines.
Ctrl + 2 (KeyPad) - It does a double space between the lines.
Ctrl + 5 (KeyPad) - A space does 1.5 between the lines.
Ctrl + 1 (NumPad) - It goes at the end of the last line. 
Ctrl + 7 (NumPad) - It goes at the begin of the last line.
Ctrl + F4 - It closes the current window.
Alt + F4 - It closes the current window. 
Alt + Esc - It Minimize all the windows. 
Windows + ESC - Open Google Talk (if it's minimized, or in the tray)
F9 - Open Gmail to send an email to the current contact.
F11 - It initiates a telephonic call with your friend. 
F12 - It cancels a telephonic call. 
Esc - It closes the current window.


ViCky said...

This is a nice article and new to people that think that Gtalk is not as customizable as YahooM.


Siddharth said...

its cool article buddy i'll try...

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