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Quick Tip: Use Google Talk Sidebar in Firefox

Instead of using the Google Talk client embedded in Gmail, why not use it in your sidebar instead? Thanks to the gTalk sidebar extension, we can do just that.

Once you install the extension, you’ll need to add the button to the toolbar. Right-click where the buttons are, choose Customize, and then add the icon you can see here.


This icon will let you open the sidebar, where you can open multiple conversations in separate tabs. Just keep in mind that if you close the sidebar, it will close the client as well.


This extension is also extremely useful for sending somebody a quick email. Just click on their name in the list or search for them via the search box, and then you’ll see an email button.


Clicking this button will open up a message window already addressed to that contact. This is typically what I use the sidebar for – rather than just chatting, it’s the quickest way to send an email.

Note that you can also use the keyboard shortcut Alt+G to open the sidebar.

Install gTalk Sidebar from Mozilla Add-ons

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  • Published 08/28/07

Comments (4)

  1. yarivd1

    You don’t need to install any extension to do that.
    Just bookmark and choose Load this bookmark in the side bar.

  2. Brian

    This also have restrictions on firewall or proxy issues… :( i belived that it will work.. but not is it…

  3. Ale

    Thank’s For the Lesson, I will Try it

  4. Don

    I am using it but there’s no notification that a new IM has come in. No alert feature when using it in this manner… at least not that I’ve found.

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