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Adding Buddies

The AIM network now has millions of users. So when you’re using iChat with the AIM network, you need a way to identify only those persons you message with and a way to know whether your friends are online or not. You accomplish this via the Buddy List in iChat. You add the .Mac account (screen) name or AIM screen name for each person you want to chat with to your Buddy List. Then, when you go online, you can see at a glance whether your buddy is there and available to chat. To work with your Buddy List, you must be signed on to AIM messaging.

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In addition to adding buddies as described here, you can customize many aspects of how iChat looks and works. For example, you can choose another font and alternate formatting for your message text and change other defaults by choosing iChat, Preferences. You can use the View, Set Chat Background to choose a background picture for the message window. Experiment with the available settings until you find the look that you like.


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