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For latest updates visit our new web site DevelopersVoice.com  Tips and Tricks about Google Talk 
With Google Talk being all the craze right now, some people hating it, and others lovingit, I figured that I would post a list of tips and tricks for those curious about the extra"features" Google implemented and has not said much about.
Registry Tweaks
You can edit most settings by opening regedit (start -> regedit),and navigating to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Talk.The "Google/Google Talk" key has several sub-keys that hold different option values:
This one has subkeys for each different account that has logged in on theclient. These keys have different values that store the username, password and connectionoptions.
Stores the current version information. When the client checks for updatesit compares Google's response with these values. If an update is needed, it will downloadand update the new version.
This is the most interesting part, where most of the current hacks should beused (keep reading).
Stores the process ID. Probably used by Google Talk to detect if it's alreadyrunning or not.1.) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Talk\Options\show_pinIf 1, shows a "pin" next to the minimize button that keeps the windows on top of all theother open windows when clicked.2.)HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\GoogleTalk\Options\view_show_taskbutton
If 0, hides the taskbar button, and leaves the tray icon only, when the window is shown3.)HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Talk\Options\away_inactiveIf 1, status will be set as Away after the specified number of minutes.4.)HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Talk\Options\away_screensaver If 1, status will be set as Away after the specified number of minutes.5.)HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Talk\Options\inactive_minutes Number of inactive minutes to become away if auto-away is on.
Tips & Tricks
Wumpus Game :
- First noted by a GoogleRumors commentor, if you add the buddy wumpus.game@gmail.com you can play the classic text-based game.Wumpus is an easter egg game that came with Google Talk (unfortunately, hedidn't’t accept my invitation, so I can’t play).
Change the font size
- While holding the control key, move the scroll wheel onyour mouse either up or down. This trick works while being focused in either theread or write area.
Insert line breaks -
If you want to have a message that spans multiple paragraphs, just hold shift and hit enter. You can add as many new lines as youwant to create.
Bold Text
- To write something bold, you can use an asterisk before and after theword, like *this* .
Italic Text
- To use italics, use an underscore before an after the word, like _this_ .
Switch windows
- Hitting tab will cycle through open windows. It will selectminimized conversations, to expand them just hit enter. If you just want to cyclethrough IM's and don't care about the buddy list, control-tab will do that and willautomatically expand a minimized conversation if you settle on one.
Invitation Tips -
You don’t need to say Yes or No when someone wants to addyou as a friend; you can simply ignore it, the request will go away. (On the other hand, someone with whom you chat often will automatically turn to be your friend, unless you disable this in the options).
Show Hyperlinks
- You can show your homepage or blog URL simply byentering the it in your away message (at the top of the main window). It willautomatically turn to a link visible to others.
Google Talk Game -
“Google Talk” also was the name of a
 whichuses Google.
A message can be 32767 characters long.
How To
Conference Calls :
What you need to do to have conference calls: Open up a copy of Google Talk on allcomputers with which you wish to conference. After one copy is opened make a newshortcut for Google Talk but at the end of it add /nomutex. If you installed it to the defaultfolder then your shortcut should read "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleTalk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex. Open 2nd instances of the software on every user'scomputer. After this start a chain: User 1 should connect on one instance to user 2. User 2will connect on his second instance to user 3. User 3 will connect using his secondinstance back to user 1. With this chain everyone is connected to everyone.
Nickname & Status Message :
You can't change your nickname in a way that other people will see it change. Everynickname in the Google Talk contactlist is the part that is before @gmail.com (only thealphabetical characters are used) or the name you chosen for your GMail account. Tochange the nickname need to go to your Gmail account and change the name there.Choose Settings, Accounts, and then Edit info. Click on the second radio button, andenter your custom name. As a result all of your emails will have that nick as well, there isno way to seperate the two. You can add a website in your custom message, it will beclickable when someone opens a conversation window with you.
Contacts :
You don't need to say Yes or No when someone wants to add you as a friend; you cansimply ignore it, the request will go away. (On the other hand, someone with whom youchat often will automatically turn to be your friend, unless you disable this).The Gmail account 'user@gmail.com' can't be invited as your friend.
Sound & Video :
It's possible to broadcast music, MP3, etc.. through Google Talk.Unplug your microphone. Double click on the speaker icon in the lower right corner. Thiswill open up "Volume Control". Select "Options" and then "Properties". Then check the button next to "Recording" then click OK. You may also have to change your settingunder Mixer Device. Now the Recording Control screen should be up. On my computer Iselected "Wave Out Mix". Click on the green phone in Google Talk and call your friend.
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 .

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