This section will explain the functions of chatting with Pidgin. In most instant messenger programs, chatting with people that you have added as contacts is the main function of the program. If you haven’t added a contact yet, please refer to Buddies and Accounts before continuing. This what the chat window looks like when you do start chatting with somebody.


At this moment, it looks like any other messenger, but it options that not every day messenger programs have like the following picture suggests. Some of the items found under the conversation toolbar may look familiar to some, but they have a little bit of difference in this program. For New Instant Message, you must type in the name of the person you want to chat with. Also, you must choose which account to chat with the person. Join a chat lets the user join a room where several people are chatting at the same time . You must also choose which account to start a room and type the name of the room you wish to join. Find let’s you find a certain word or phrase that was already mentioned in the chat. The word or phrase will be highlighted in green. View log let’s you view the history of the chats that you have had with that person. To delete a log, highlight the date you wish to delete, right-click on it, and choose delete. Save as let’s you save the conversation at anytime. Clear Scrollback deletes the conversation from the beginning to the point you choose this option. Send file lets the user send a file to the people in chat at that moment. Add Buddy Pounce lets the user choose options about what happens when the person the user is chatting do something. For example, you have it to where a noise is played when the person signs on or becomes idle. Get Info retrieves info about the person and the account they use. Edit Buddy Comment lets the user enter something about that person. Also, initiate chat will be in the More option when the person is online. That lets multiple people chat at the same time with each other. Alias lets the user enter the name of the other person if they choose to do so. Block stops the person from chatting with you, but you will still have them in your contacts list. Remove lets the user delete the person from their contacts list. Insert Link lets the user post a URL to a website and enter a description for that website also. Insert image lets the user browse their folders for an image and display it in the chat. Close lets the user exit out of the chat.


The option toolbar lets the user change several things to the chat and how the chat window looks as seen in the following picture. Enable Logging lets the user save the chat as long as the option is checked. Enable Sounds lets the user hear sound while you chat if the option is checked. Show Formatting Toolbars shows the fonts, insert, and smile toolbars near the bottom of the window if the option is checked. Show Timestamps is the time on the left side of a message if the option is checked.

The toolbars near the bottom of the chat window have functions for what your messages look like. The font toolbar lets the user change how the font looks.


For example, you can change the text to where it can be bold, italic, blue in color, and larger than normal size.

The insert Tool-bar lets the user add a link, a picture, or a horizontal rule, which is a line dividing what is put first and where the rule was put.


The smile Tool-bar lets the user add a face with an expression to their message. For example, ‘:)’ is used to show that the user is happy or ‘:(’ is used to show that the user is sad.


The toolbars are not the only way to change how your messages look. The user can also change the format of conversations or add custom smileys. This is under the Tools Tool-bar at preferences. If you want to learn more, please refer to the Preferences section.
Plug-ins let the user change certain aspects of chats and also the whole program in general. For example, one plug-in lets the user change the color of the conversation window. For more information on how to use plug-ins, please refer to the Plugins section.

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