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    Google Talk Tutorial.

    Introduction

    Google Talk is an application/software for windows from Google for voice over internet protocol (VOIP) and instant messaging.

    Features

    • Voice Chat with another Google Talk user/PC-to-PC voice calls.


    • Send Instant Message.


    • Send Voice Mail.


    • Send Offline messages if the user is offline.


    • Send Files/File Transfer without any size/speed restrictions.


    • Get Gmail & Voice Mail notifications on desktop.

    Step by Step Guide!

    You can download Google Talk from here. Google Talk - Download

    After installing, open Google Talk by clicking the main/tray icon.

    After that enter your Gmail/Google ID and Password in the boxes.




    Then Click Sign in.

    Once the Sign in process is completed, you need to add friends/contacts Google Talk.



    Click the Add button to add friends/contacts into your Google Talk.



    In the window that opens now, enter your friendís/contactís full Gmail ID and click Next button and the Click Finish! button.

    The user will be added to the contact list now.

    Your friends/contacts needed to accept your request before you can start chatting.

    The friend/contact name will be displayed in the contacts list.

    You can send invites multiple requests at a time by separating the USER ID with a coma (,).

    Now you need to wait for your friends to accept your request.

    You will know your request is accepted when the (invited) disappears from the contact name.



    You can add a custom name to the user by Right Clicking.

    You can also Block or Remove a user from your contact.

    Also Withdraw invitation request if the friends/contacts hasn't accepted your invitation yet.

    Once your friend/contact accept your request you can start chating or using the other features.

    You will know your friend is online when the small grayed dot near each user changes to green. Now you can chat.

    Instant Messaging

    Clicking the Friend/Contact name will open the chat window.





    You can type your message in the white box on the bottom corner.

    Pressing Enter key will submit/send the message. And you will see a keyboard icon inside the box when your friend/contact is typing the message.
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    Voice Chatting




    For Voice Chatting feature first connect the Mic to the Sound Card Jack. Then open Sounds and Audio Devices from Control Panel.



    Select the Audio Tab. And Click Volume Button under Sound recording.



    Select the Mic option. And make sure the volume is set to Maximum.

    If the Mic option is not visible. Click Options and then Properties.



    In the new window that opens up. Select your Mixer Device (Sound Card).

    And select Mic and Click OK. And close the Recording Control window.

    Now Click Apply and OK.

    After that open Google Talk and Click setting. Select the Audio Tab.



    In it select your sound card in Input - microphone or headset.

    The same with Output - speakers or headset

    Make sure Automatically adjust microphone sensitivity, Unmute speaker for ringing and Unmute speaker and Microphone when on a call features are selected.

    And Click OK.

    Now you are ready for Voice chatting. When your Friend/Contact is online.Click the Friend/Contact name and open the chat window.



    In it click the Call button. That will call your Friend/Contact. Your's and your Friend's/Contact's voice input will be shown in the chat window.

    When your Friend/Contact accept the call you can start voice chatting. And clicking the End Call button will disconnect the Call.
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    Optional Settings


    For saving Chat History. Click settings and select the Chat Tab. In it select Save chat history in my Gmail account



    For getting Notifications/Alerts. Click settings and select Notifications Tab. In it select the options of your choice.



    For changing the Chat interface. Click settings and select Appearance Tab. In it select the Chat theme of your choice from the drop down menu.



    For Blocking a Friend/Contact. Right click the name of the friend/contact and click Block and Click OK.



    Optional Features

    Mail Notifications


    You will get Notifications of new Mails or Voice Mails in the bottom Corner of the main window.



    Send Voicemail

    If the Friend/Contact is not online you will be able to send voice mails clicking the Send Voicemail button in the Chat Window.



    Sending Files

    If the Contact/Friend is online you can Send files directly using Google Talk like by P2P.

    For that Right click the Friend/Contact and Click Sendfiles. Select the File from the system using the Browse window that opens up now and select OK after selecting the file.



    The file will be now available for your Friend/Contact to Download.

    Finished!


    Waiting for your comments.......

    Good Luck!
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    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 .
    • Shift + Tab - The same thing does that Tab but in reverse.
    • Ctrl + Shift + L -Switch between points, numbers, letters, capital letters, roman numbers and capital roman numbers
    • Ctrl + 1 (KeyPad) - It does a simple space between the lines.
    • Ctrl + 2 (KeyPad) - It does a double space between the lines.
    • Ctrl + 5 (KeyPad) - A space does 1.5 between the lines.
    • Ctrl + 1 (NumPad) - It goes at the end of the last line.
    • Ctrl + 7 (NumPad) - It goes at the begin of the last line.
    • Ctrl + F4 - It closes the current window.
    • Alt + F4 - It closes the current window.
    • Alt + Esc - It Minimize all the windows.
    • Windows + ESC - Open Google Talk (if it's minimized, or in the tray)
    • F9 - Open Gmail to send an email to the current contact.
    • F11 - It initiates a telephonic call with your friend.
    • F12 - It cancels a telephonic call.
    • Esc - It closes the current window.
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    Thanks! for the keyboard shortcuts. I didn't know any of them. This will really come in handy since I use Google Talk frequently.

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    Good One ..... Gtalk is a freq used app/Im ..... this tutorial will def come in handy for many

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    nice tutorial vishnu :clap:

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    How to

    Conference Calls:
    What you need to do to have conference calls: Open up a copy of Google Talk on all computers with which you wish to conference. After one copy is opened make a new shortcut for Google Talk but at the end of it add /nomutex. If you installed it to the default folder then your shortcut should read "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex. Open 2nd instances of the software on every user's computer. After this start a chain: User 1 should connect on one instance to user 2. User 2 will connect on his second instance to user 3. User 3 will connect using his second instance 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. Every nickname in the Google Talk contactlist is the part that is before @gmail.com (only the alphabetical characters are used) or the name you chosen for your GMail account. To change 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, and enter your custom name. As a result all of your emails will have that nick as well, there is no way to separate the two. You can add a website in your custom message, it will be clickable 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 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).
    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. This will 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 setting under Mixer Device. Now the Recording Control screen should be up. On my computer I selected "Wave Out Mix". Click on the green phone in Google Talk and call your friend.
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    Conference calls in Google Talk. That's really good. Looks like you are also a Fan of Google Talk like me. Keep posting jee. :thumbup1:

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    I just use Gtalk and Skype(video chat) nowadays... thats really creative on ur part Archer to start this thread... cuz we sometimes just don't pay enough attention to the settings... for ex. that mic setting will certainly help people to improve their voice chat experience!

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    Google's Secret Command-Line Parameters

    There are a few secret parameters you can add to Google Talk and make it function differently.

    The most important, I think, is /nomutex, which allows you to run more than one instance of GT. Here are the others:
    /nomutex: allows you to open more than one instance of Google Talk
    /autostart: when Google Talk is run with this parameter, it will check the registry settings to see if it needs to be started or not. If the "Start automatically with Windows" option is unchecked, it won't start.
    /forcestart: same as /autostart, but forces it to start no matter what option was set.
    /S upgrade: Used when upgrading Google Talk
    /register: registers Google Talk in the registry, includig the GMail Compose method.
    /checkupdate: check for newer versions
    /plaintextauth: uses plain authentication mechanism instead then Google's GAIA mechanism. Used for testing the plain method on Google's servers.
    /nogaiaauth: disables GAIA authentication method. The same as above.
    /factoryreset: set settings back to default.
    /gaiaserver servername.com: uses a different GAIA server to connect to Google Talk. Used for debug purposes only, there are no other known GAIA servers.
    /mailto email@host.com: send an email with Gmail
    /diag: start Google Talk in diagnostic mode
    To add these, open up your GT shortcut, and where it says "Target:" add one or more of these inside the quotations, but after the .exe part.
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    Adding Avatars in Google Talk.

    Click the default Avatar.

    Attachment 953

    You will get a list of preset Avatars in Google Talk.

    Attachment 954

    Selecting one will replace the default Avatar. And it will appear to your contacts/friends.

    Or you can add a custom picture as your Avatar by clicking the more pictures button. And you can select a picture in your computer.

    Attachment 955

    Attachment 956

    Note: You cannot add animated gifs as your Avatar. It will appear as a still image.

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    another recent feature, not in google talk, but gmail talk (which is the same) is that you can go on invisible mode, but this is not available on google talk, which i don't understand why!

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    google has embedded gtalk on orkut too... u can go invisible from orkut as well...

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    yes seen that feature too, but this invisible feature is in the gmail itself, orkut so why not gtalk itself?

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    There is a release of Google Talk client called Google Talk Labs Edition. An experimental version. It's got Invisible Mode, Smileys & Group Chatting features. But it's only good for Instant Messaging & no VOIP feature.
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    Call it being lazy, but Archer whats this Google Talk Labs Edition all about. I have heard of it but never actually looked into what exactly it is!

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    Attachment 1538 Attachment 1539

    It's an experimental release (testing version) of the Google Talk Client. It's got some features that the original Google Talk Client don't have. Like Invisible Mode, Smileys etc. The interface is similar to Google Talk in Gmail. But no Voice Chatting feature.

    Download Link: www.google.com/talk/labsedition/

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    there are many who would like to use gtalk but may not be in a position to install the software (most offices have restrictions on installing software). For them, a online limited function version is available as talkgadget.google.com/talkgadget

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    Hi,

    Rameshjeee thanks a lot for shortcuts..

    Here are some tips:

    -To bold your text, put an asterisk (*) before and after content. eg: *these will be bold*

    - To italic your text, put an underscore (_) before and after content. eg:_these will be italic_

    -Line Break: Use SHIFT + ENTER

    and if you wana smiley like this in your gtalk then just go through this LINK

    Guys Keep Posting..

    @panchabhut
    You can also use IGoogle for it, and install gtalk plugin..it's very simple
    Last edited by nilact; 25th January 2009 at 12:27 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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