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Google talk Shortcode & Shortcuts you ought to know !

Google talk Shortcode & Shortcuts you ought to know !

Shortcuts are meant for faster access. Like everything else Google, this IM client also has a minimalist interface that lets you concentrate on chatting.

Keyboard Shortcuts

[F9]: Open Gmail to send an email to the person you talk to

[F11]: Start a call

[F12]: Stop the current call

[Esc]: Close the current window


Some smileys that are converted automatically by Google Talk:

:-| , :-O, :-x , :-P , :-D , ;-) , :-( , :-) , B-), :’(, :| , :O, :x , :P , :D , :) , :( , :) . (ignore commas)

To write bold text, type *your gtalk message*

To write italic text, type _your gtalk message_

Startup Parameters

You can get start Google Talk in various modes using a startup parameter. Go to Start/Run and type “c:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe” /parameter


/nomutex: allows you to open more than one instance of Google Talk.

/register: write Google Talk settings in the registry.

/checkupdate: check for new version.

/factoryreset: revert to default settings.

/mailto send an email with Gmail.

/diag: start Google Talk in diagnostic mode.

Shortcut to a Contact

If you have someone on your contact list who you talk to often, you can create a desktop shortcut for them.

Just right-click on your desktop, select New >Shortcut and enter this in the Location text box:

gtalk:chat?jid =

Where “username” is the Gmail ID of the person in question. If Google Talk is [image] running, this shortcut opens a conversation window with this person. If not, Google talk will start up, sign in and then open the conversation window.

To call the person, change the shortcut to:


Share other short-codes if i missed here.