Google Talk: Create Desktop Shortcuts for Contacting Each of Your Friends

Posted April 14, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Instant messaging

Instead of going into Google Talk, hunting for your Friend’s name, and selecting it to begin a chat session, you can create a desktop icon for each Friend that you frequently chat with. Clicking on the desired shortcut will open a chat window with the associated Friend. Saves you some time and let you get right to the chat.

1. Right-click on your desktop.

2. Mouseover New and select Shortcut.

3. When prompted to input the location of the item, insert the following:

where <username> is your Friend’s Google Username.

4. Click Next.

5. When prompted to input a Name for your shortcut, use something that identifies who the shortcut is for.

6. Click Finish.

Repeat the above steps for each shortcut you wish to create. When finished, group the icons together so they are easy to find. You could even place them in a folder and add it as a toolbar.


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  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t want to work on my Vista machine. It says it cannot find file. Near as I can tell, I’ve followed the instructions to the letter. What am I doing wrong?

  • Hmmmm. It works perfectly on my machine. I’m running Vista with SP1 installed, are you?

  • mahesh

    to create google talk atdesktop shot cut

  • This trick only worked in my XP machine and not in Vista.

  • Milhouse

    I tried the recipe in Vista, didn’t worked. But i got it to work like this:

    – Instead of inserting “gtalk:chat?” in step 3, i did put this:

    “C:UsersAppDataRoamingGoogleGoogle Talkgoogletalk.exe” /gtalk:chat?

    Observe that i used the same idea, but now my shortcut contains the path to googletalk.exe.
    Note that the path is between quote marks. And is your Windows username.
    Note that there is a space between the path and /gtalk:chat?
    Note that there are three notes, and you are reading the third now.

    – Other way
    Since we are using a parameter, copy and paste the Gtalk shortcut. Then right click the new shortcut, click ‘Properties’, then in the field “Target” use the parameter after the path (use space after the path, use space between parameters).

    – Worked in Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit.


  • luckyone

    good afternoon

  • thank you for that info, it was really helpful actually the only thing that I want- is to have a shortcut icon of the main googletalk on my desktop, however that steps works too 🙂