Google Talk – Tips and Tricks! Part II

Well, after some browsing of the Google Talk forums it looks like I’m not the only one working on a list of hacks etc. for Google Talk….

Wumpus has put together a more comprehensive list…. including these (very handy) ideas:

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 2 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

  • To change your nickname you need to go to you account properties in your Gmail account and change the name there.As a result all of your emails will have that nick as well, there is no way to seperate the two.
  • You can add a website in your away message, it will be clickable in conversation windows.
  • “Secret” Parameters

  • /nomutex: allows you to open more than one instance of Google Talk.
  • /factoryreset: set settings back to default.
  • /mailto email@host.com: send an email with Gmail.
  • /s upgrade: used when upgrading Google Talk.
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