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Joining a Chat Room

It's time to hit a server and see it for real. On the way, though, you'll perform some automatic configuration that Chat needs to operate properly.

1.
Open Microsoft Chat by choosing Programs, Microsoft Chat.

2.
Select the Show All Available Chat Rooms option, and then click OK to connect to the chat server listed in the dialog (see Figure 21.8).

Figure 21.8. Select Show All Available Chat Rooms and then click OK.


3.
A message appears. This message differs by server, but typically it contains any special rules or instructions for the server, plus any disclaimers in which the server operator reminds you that he's not responsible for what people say there.

4.
A list of all chat rooms available on the server appears (see Figure 21.9). You are now connected to a chat server and are ready to chat—except that, as a new user, you have not yet selected a nickname and a comic character, as described next.

Figure 21.9. A list of available chat rooms appears.



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