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A free software by Google for instant messaging and voice over internet protocol

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Instant messaging
◦ Share thoughts with contacts in real time

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PC-to-PC calls
◦ Free long distance anywhere in the world

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Send and receive voicemails
◦ When contact is not available to answer calls

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Unlimited file transfers
◦ Instantly send and receive files, photos, etc

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Receive Gmail notifications on your desktop

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You need Google Talk Gadget for chatting. It is web-based

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Download Google Talk Client for PC-to-PC calls and unlimited file transfers

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This tutorial covers the basic functions of Google Talk to help you successfully use it

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◦ Navigate to www.google.com

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Click “Create an account now” link below

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Supply all the information

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Then click “I accept. Create my account”

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Sign-in to your Gmail account

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Go to your “Account settings” (located on the upper-right of screen)

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New page will appear. Scroll down, click on “Talk”

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This webpage will appear

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Select Google Talk software. Click on “Download Google Talk”

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This webpage will appear

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Next, this will appear. Click “Save”

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And simply follow the instructions to complete the installation

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First, log in to your Gmail account to start conversation with online contacts

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Set your availability status by clicking scrolldown menu and select from options

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Dot icons in different colors indicate availability of your contacts

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Green dot before the person’s name indicates available to chat

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A red dot indicates he is busy

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Orange dot indicates he is idle

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A gray dot indicates your contact is not available

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Click on your online contact to open a chat window

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A chat window will open and you can chat immediately

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Type your message directly in the box and hit “Enter” key

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You need to install the Google Talk voice and video chat plug-in

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Go to “Personal settings” and click on “Talk”

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Click “Install video chat plug-in” button

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And simply follow the instructions to complete the installation

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Sign in to your Google account

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Select online contact you wish to call from your list

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Click on the “Call” button from the open chat window

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Ensure your microphone and speaker are plugged-in and activated properly

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You can only one active call at a time. Others must be put on hold

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To end the call, simply click on the “End Call” button

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Voicemail lets you leave a message if your contact is not around to answer your call

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Select “Send voicemail” from the profile card

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Record your voice after the voice prompt

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Click “End Call” button after you have finished

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An email is sent to your contact with a voicemail attached

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They can download/save your message and play it as long as they want

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Aside from chat and call, you can also send files to online contacts

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Simply select online contact from your list

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Sending file is possible when your contact is not chatting

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Click the scroll-down menu and click on the “Send Files” button

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Select the file from your computer

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File is sent after the person accepts the transfer

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You can also send email to your contacts

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Simply click “Email” button from the scrolldown menu

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You can go off the record while chatting

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When it’s activated, messages will not be saved in either person’s Gmail account

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Click the drop-down menu and select “Go off the record”

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This message will appear in the chat window

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Click “Cancel” link if you wish to stop chatting off the record

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Log out properly by clicking on scroll-down menu and select “Sign out”

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