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Disable user pictures in iChat to condense window Apps
For all its bugs, quirks, and incompatibilities (i.e. w/ the Sharing Firewall), I've adopted iChat as my primary AIM client. The thing I miss most about Adium, though, is its efficient user interface (the auto-expanding buddy list and tabbed windows).

But I think I can somewhat put that behind me, because I stumbled across an option to reduce the size of iChat's buddy list. The tip? Use the drop-down menu in the bottom left hand corner of the Buddy List window (it's a button with three lines) to de-select "Show Pictures". I didn't find this before because the option is (strangely) missing from the "View" menu in the MenuBar.

This not only hides the buddy icons in the list, but reduces buddies' entries to one line each by placing the idle (or away or custom) message to the right of the name, instead of below it. Condensed buddy list, step right up! I get about twice as many listings in the same amount of screen space this way. Live it up in the land of reduced screen clutter.

Yes, one could always have the buddy list closed and use the MenuExtra, but it only lists the buddies who are "Available". I not only like to see who is "Idle" as well, it is also nice to just be able to glance over and not mouse up to the MenuBar. Your mileage may vary.
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That's a hint?
Authored by: markmillard on Oct 10, '02 01:58:04PM

That "hint" sure is close to what most people would call a plain old feature.

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6 of 8 today it seems...
Authored by: robg on Oct 10, '02 03:31:40PM

It's a feature, it's not in the menus, and it's not inherently obvious to a lot of people. I had never thought to click on that box, nor had two iChat buddies that I showed it to this morning prior to publishing.

If my small sample of two users is any indicaition, there are probably a lot of people that may not realize you can hide pictures with that button. As I stated in the other thread, I'd rather err on the side of publishing "stupid" hints that not publishing something that someone may find useful.


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6 of 8 today it seems...
Authored by: penum6ra on Oct 10, '02 05:04:47PM

Thanks Rob.
You run a great site.
I think people in general really need to double check the meaning of the word "hint"

Some people need them, some don't. If someone doesn't need a hint they can just ignore it, and read on to the next one. No harm, no foul.

I'm sure all 8 of your tips today were valuable to someone.
You're moderation has been more than enough on this site. There are many choices for site styles, if someone doesn't like this one... too bad.
It's yours! And it is very helpful and popular as it is.

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