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Chapter 12. Conducting Live Chats and Vi... > Changing the Appearance of a Chat

Changing the Appearance of a Chat

iChat makes it easy to customize the appearance of a chat to suit your own style and preference. You can modify the appearance of the balloons, or change a font style in a chat. The changes you make affect the format of your messages on your screen as well as messages on your buddies screen unless they have chosen to reformat incoming messages. When you reformat incoming messages, you override your chat buddy settings and display all incoming messages using your preferences. You can set your preferences and reformat settings in the Messages pane of iChat Preferences. You can also change the background of the chat window to a picture, which only appears on your computer.

Change the Appearance of a Chat

Click the iChat menu, and then click Preferences.

Click Messages.

Select or specify the various options you want to use:

  • My Ballon Color. Click the pop-up, and then select a color.

  • My Font Color. Click the pop-up, and then select a font color.

  • Set Font. Click to select a font.

  • Reformat Incoming Messages. Check to use your preferred settings, and then select a ballon and font color, and a font for the sender.

Click the Close button.


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