A shortcut is a key (or combination of keys) on keyboard that is used to perform some specific function within a software program.
Common examples for shortcut keys are Ctlr+C/Ctrl+V for Copy/Paste and Alt+F4 to close window.
Normally, computer functions are performed using mouse but the advantage of keyboard shortcuts is in saving time as hand does not need to leave the keyboard. Keyboard shortcuts are also called shortcut keys, accelerator keys, key combo and hotkeys.
Recently, I wrote about hidden text formatting features of Google talk. Here are some undocumented keyboard shortcuts that will help you to save time and work smarter :
F9 – Open Gmail to send an email to the current contact.
F11 – It initiates a call with your selected contact.
F12 – It cancels a call.
Esc – It closes the current window.
Alt + F4 – It closes the current window. (same effect with Ctrl+F4)
Alt + Esc – It Minimize Gtalk windows one by one.
Windows + ESC – Open Google Talk (if it’s minimized, or in the tray)
Tab – Switches to next opened gtalk window. (same effect with Ctrl+tab and Shift+tab)
Shift + Tab – The same thing does that Tab but in reverse.
(The below 4 shortcuts works only for text field in Google talk main window to search contacts. I wonder who uses them? )
Ctrl + Shift + L – Switch between points, numbers, letters, capital letters, roman numbers and capital roman numbers
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.
Some other Gtalk information :
1. You don’t have to say YES or NO when someone adds you. Simply ignore it and the request will go away.
2. A message can be 32767 characters long.
3. You can change your Gtalk chat name in Account Page.
(However there are some problems if you have intregated Gtalk with oukut. (Clich here to see)
4. Adding a web URL in custom message will result it to be clickable link.
5. Gtalk supports these following emotions and they transform in blue color.
:-| :-O :-x :-P :-D ;-) :-( :| :O :x :P :D :) :( ;-| ;-O ;-x ;-P ;-D ;-) ;-( ;| ;O ;x ;P ;D ;) ;( B-| B-O B-x B-P B-D B-) B-( B’( BO Bx BD B) B( B)
However there are some hidden emoticons for Gtalk.
How to get latest news on google talk?
PS: These emoticons or smileys may or may not work for newer Hangouts, Duo and Allo.