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Move a chat to a lower location in iChat

In iChat, to move a chat to a lower location in a multi-chat window, click its tab, then drag it down in the list.

Participate using text only in a video chat in iChat

In iChat, when invited to a video chat, to participate using text only, click the invitation icon, then click Text Reply.

Move upward through chats in iChat

In iChat, when using a multi-chat window, press Shift-Control-Tab to move upward through each chat.

Increase the size of the text you see in iChat

In iChat, to increase the size of the text you see in the selected chat window, choose View> Make Text Bigger.

Show your video display in iChat

During an iChat video chat session, to show the small display of yourself seen in the corner of the chat window, choose Video> Show Local Video.

Reset a video chat backdrop in iChat

In iChat, when using a custom backdrop in a video chat, to reset it, choose Video> Reset Background.

Reformat color settings for incoming messages in iChat

In iChat, to override your buddies' color settings on all incoming messages, choose iChat> Preferences> Messages> Reformat incoming messages.

Move downward through chats in iChat

In iChat, when using a multi-chat window, press Control-Tab to move downward through each chat.

Move a chat from a multi-chat window in iChat

In iChat, to move a chat from a multi-chat window into its own window, click its tab and choose Window> Move Chat to New Window.

Use a keyboard shortcut to bring iChat to the front

In iChat, to use a keyboard shortcut to bring iChat to the front, choose iChat> Preferences, then click Messages and select "Use a keyboard shortcut".

Specify default font settings in iChat

In iChat, to specify the default font settings for all of your outgoing messages, choose iChat> Preferences, then click Messages and click Set Font.

Block a person on an AIM buddy list in iChat

In iChat, to block a person on an AIM buddy list, select the person's name in the list, and then choose Buddies> Block.

Move a chat to a higher location in iChat

In iChat, to move a chat to a higher location in a multi-chat window, click its tab, then drag it up in the list.

Take a picture of a video chat in iChat

During a video chat in iChat, to take a picture of the video chat window and save it to your desktop, choose Video> Take Snapshot.

Remove all of the messages recorded in a chat in iChat

In iChat, to remove all of the messages recorded in a chat, choose Edit> Clear Transcript.

Participate using text only in an audio chat in iChat

In iChat, when invited to an audio chat, to participate using text only, click the invitation icon, then click Text Reply.

Search a buddy list in iChat

In iChat, to search a buddy list for a buddy's name, email or status message, select the list then press Command-F and type a search word or phrase.

Share a webpage with iChat Theater

In iChat, to show a webpage via iChat Theater in a video chat, choose File> "Share a Webpage with iChat Theater", type a URL, then click Share.

Show a buddy in your buddy list in iChat

In iChat, to show the buddy you are currently chatting with in your buddy list, select the chat window and choose Buddies> Show in Buddy List.

Decrease the size of the text you see in iChat

In iChat, to decrease the size of the text you see in the selected chat window, choose View> Make Text Smaller.

Use a custom image for a chat window’s background in iChat

In iChat, to use a custom image for a chat window’s background, select the window and choose View> Set Chat Background.

Quickly close all chats in iChat

In iChat, to quickly close all open chat sessions, all at once, press Option and choose File> Close All Chats.

Place all existing chats into one multi-chat window in iChat

In iChat, to place all existing chats into one multi-chat window, choose Window> Merge All Chat Windows.

Preview a URL in iChat using Quick Look

In iChat, to preview a URL sent or received in a chat using Quick Look, hold the pointer over the URL address then click the arrow to the right of it.

Show buddies for all active accounts in one window in iChat

In iChat, to show buddies for all active accounts in one window, choose iChat> Preferences> General and select "Show all my accounts in one list".

Open a buddy's card in Address Book from iChat

In iChat, Control-click a name in your AIM Buddy List, then select "Show in Address Book" to open that buddy’s card in Address Book.

Save a picture clipping of a video chat in iChat

In iChat, to save a picture clipping of a video chat, press and hold the Command key then click, drag and drop the image out of the chat window.

Use the name of the current iTunes song as your status in iChat

In iChat, to use the name of the iTunes song you’re currently hearing as your status, choose "Current iTunes Song" from the pop-up status menu.

Open an item previously transferred in iChat

In iChat, to open an item you previously transferred, choose Window> File Transfers, then double-click the file's icon in the File Transfers list.

Save text chat transcripts in iChat

In iChat, to always save a copy of text chats to read later, choose iChat> Preferences> Messages, then select "Save chat transcripts".

Pause your video during an iChat video chat

In iChat, to pause your video during a video chat, Option-click the microphone button at the bottom of the video chat window.

Start a multi-person text chat in iChat

In iChat, to start a multi-person text chat, Command-click some buddies in your AIM Buddy List to select them, then choose Buddies> Send Instant Message.

Adjust the volume for spoken alerts in iChat

In iChat, to adjust the volume for spoken alerts that announce events, choose iChat> Preferences> Alerts, and adjust the "Speech volume" slider.

Record an audio chat in iChat

To record an audio chat in iChat, start an audio chat with a buddy then choose Video> Record Chat.

Use a different status message for each account in iChat

In iChat, to use a different status message for each of your accounts, choose iChat> Preferences> General, then deselect "Use the same status for all accounts".

View an iChat video chat full screen on a Mac with Multi-Touch

In an iChat video chat on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, do a 2-finger reverse pinch over the video window to view it full screen.

Always show AIM status as "available" in iChat

In iChat, to always show your iChat AIM status as "available" (and never "idle") choose iChat> Preferences> Accounts> Security, then select “Block others from seeing my status as idle”.

Insert a line break into an iChat text message

While typing text into a message in iChat, press Option-Return to insert a line break.

Set an alert for an individual buddy in iChat

In iChat, to set an alert for an individual buddy, select the buddy in your buddy list, then choose Buddies> Show Info, then click Alerts and set the alert.

Use shapes to show the status of buddies in iChat

In iChat, to use shapes instead of colored dots to show the status of buddies, choose iChat> Preferences> General, then select "Use shapes to indicate status".

Auto-reply in iChat using your away status message

To have iChat reply back to a new chat with the text of your Away status, choose iChat> Preferences> Messages> Auto reply with my Away message.

Show a slideshow of images transferred in an iChat session

To view all images transferred during an iChat session as a slideshow, Control-click one of the images, choose "Quick Look Image", then press Play.

Rotate your buddy picture in iChat

When changing or editing your iChat buddy picture via the iChat> Change My Picture menu, Option-click and drag the image to rotate it.

Record a video chat in iChat

To record a video chat in iChat, start a video chat with a buddy then choose Video> Record Chat.

Place a timestamp into an iChat text chat

While in an iChat text chat on a Mac running Snow Leopard, choose Edit> Mark Transcript to place a timestamp into the text transcript at that point in the chat.

Quickly change the view options for an iChat window

To change the view options for an open iChat chat window, simply Control-click anywhere in the window and select the options from the pop-up menu.

Use a tabbed window for multiple chats in iChat

To configure iChat to use a single, tabbed window for multiple chats, choose iChat> Preferences> Messages> Collect chats in a single window.

Test the iChat video and audio capabilities of your Mac

In iChat, test the video and audio capabilities of your Mac and the network it is connected to, via Video> Connection Doctor> Show Capabilities.

Send an email to a buddy in your iChat buddy list

In iChat, Control-click a name in your buddy list and choose "Send Email...", to open Mail and create a new message addressed to them.

Do a Spotlight search for a buddy's name from iChat

In iChat on a Mac running Snow Leopard, select a buddy then choose Buddies> Search in Spotlight, to do a search with Spotlight for that buddy's name or email address.

See when messages were transmitted during an iChat

Hover your mouse over any text balloon in an iChat chat session to show the exact date and time that text passage was sent or received during the chat.

Hide your video display in iChat

During an iChat video chat session, to turn off the small display of yourself seen in the corner of the chat window, choose Video> Hide Local Video.

Reformat font settings for incoming messages in iChat

In iChat, to override your buddies' font settings on all incoming messages, choose iChat> Preferences> Messages> Reformat incoming messages.

Share files using iChat Theater

In an iChat AV video conference drag and drop any file to the bottom half of the video window to share it using iChat Theater.

Bypass automatic login into iChat when it opens

If "Log in automatically when iChat opens" is on in iChat> Preferences> Accounts, hold Shift & open iChat, to temporarily turn it off.