Top 10 Gtalk Tricks that Everybody Must Know

Amongst the various Google talk tips and Tricks available, there are certain that everybody must know. Compiling here, top 10 tricks that lets you make most of Gtalk:

1. Use Gtalk in Your Mobile

Do you know, you can even use Google talk in your mobile phone and stay connected with your friends on the go? The official Google software for chatting with your friends works with only iPhone and Android. There is another way to use Gtalk by use of SIS or JAR software for generic phones. You can download this J2ME client here.


2. Exploit Keyboard Shortcuts to Save Time

Using keyboard shortcuts is the great way to maximize your productivity. You save your time by doing variety of functions without even touching mouse  just by pressing few buttons.

The following keyboard shortcuts are must for any Gtalk addict:

• 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.

3. Hide your Gtalk Status – Make it Always Idle

Gtalk doesn’t provide facility of remaining invisible like Gchat (Gmail embedded chat) gives. However, you can trick your online status by showing it as idle always. This way, your friends will assume that you are not on your desk. Tweak your Gtalk status by downloading gAlwaysIdle software. More…

4. Dress Your Gtalk Application with Additional Themes

Are you bored using the same white Gtalk every day? Now, you can dress your Gtalk application with custom and downloadable themes to add a little spice to boring Gtalk. You can download Gtalk themes from various sources such as , and more.

gtalk theme

And even make your own Google talk themes from this tutorial.

5. Make Your Chatting More Interesting by Text Decorations

Tired of same plain text messages? Use the following tags to convert your messages into Bold, Text Underline and Italics:

Enclose text in asterisk(*) to make bold effect.
Enclose text in underscore( _ ) to make it italicized.

6. Have Two or More Gtalk Running at Same Time.

If you have two or more Google accounts, and want to use both at same time for chatting with friends, then this is the perfect trick for you. With this trick, you can run multiple copies of Google Talk application in you Windows.

All you need to do is to right click on Google talk shortcut and select Properties. In the target field append the parameter /nomutex so that it becomes like C:/Program Files/Google/Google Talk.exe /nomutex. It’s done. Now whenever you double click on Google Talk Desktop icon, it opens a new instance for a new Google account.

Similarly, you can run multiple copies of Yahoo messenger with this tutorial.

7. Use Gtalk Bots to Make Your Life Easier

Google bots are automated robots that respond to your queries. For example, or the news bot will fetch you latest news on your preferred subject inside Gtalk window and the translation bot automatically converts the text to the specified language you have send. Following are few Gtalk bots to make life easier :

1) Transliteration Bots.
2) IBN News bot.
3) GK Answering bot.
4) Listen Online Radio with this bot.
5) More.

8. Amaze Your Friends with Hidden and Secret Set of Emoticons/Smileys

Google has always something special hidden for its fans like Google reader Easter Eggs. There are certain emoticons that you won’t find anywhere documented. Find these secret and hidden emoticons to amaze your friends here.


9. Direct Shortcut to Chat

If you frequently chat with particular friends in Gtalk, then you can create direct shortcuts to chat window to start conversation. This is the quickest and direct way to start a chat with friend.
For this, right click on your desktop and select New > Shortcut. Now add the following line in the location of the item :


Where username@gmail should be replaced by your friends gmail address.

10. Use Google Talk without Downloading and Installing

You can use and enjoy all the features of Google talk without even downloading and installing it on your computer. For this bookmark in your internet browser. Using this bookmark, you can directly launch Google talk in gadget mode.


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Filed under Google Talk Tricks. Posted by Abhishek and last updated on March 15, 2011.

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great roundup of tips for Gtalk here. I personally use fring on my iphone for Gtalk.

Nice Tricks, make it easy for some people out there, thanks for sharing this nice post!

Nice tricks! I also use Fring on my iPod touch which is the best IM.

Awesome tricks dude…

Like the round up of blog posts :)

nice post, as now a days gtalk became popular, this post will be helpful.

please mail me the tricks of copy and paste option or how to copy some body’s photo from orkut

Shift + Enter key = new line of text, like paragraph

I wish i knew about these a while ago! Adds flavor to messaging now.

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