Google Gmail: How to Turn Off or Hide Talk or Chat

   Posted February 23, 2006 by David Kirk in Google

Google has plugged everybody into Google Talk from the Gmail interface. However, many people who enjoy using Gmail for email, do not want Google Talk displayed within the email windows. This tech recipe describes how to turn it off.

Select Chat Settings in Left Column

Getting Google Talk out of Gmail is not difficult. However, Google has made it difficult to find. With new versions of Gmail, Google has moved the settings for disabling Google Talk around a bit.

Actually, there are two methods for disabling Google Talk.

From the Left Column

The picture on the right walks through the details.

1.Mouse over the Chat title, and click the arrow that appears.

2.Select Chat Settings.

3.When the Settings window loads, select to turn Chat off.

4.Finish by clicking the Save Changes button.


From the Settings Gear

The Settings gear is ubiquitous in Google’s products now. It is an excellent design tool that allows the user to remember where to change settings in almost all of Google’s public applications.

1.Click the Settings gear on the right side of the screen, and select Settings.

2.Click the Chat heading.

3.Click the Chat off option, and select the Save Changes button to finish.

Editor’s note: This tutorial has been updated multiple times for the various versions of Gmail. If you have a problem or need additional help, please report it in the comments below.

 

About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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