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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat Apps
I always want to be available in iChat, so I added it to my login items. But I didn't like having the iChat application running (one extra application to command-tab over), so I began hunting for an alternative way to sign in. This hint held one solution, but I came up with a way that doesn't launch iChat at all.

For this script to work, both GUI scripting (under System Preferences -> Universal Access) and the iChat status menu item (iChat Preferences -> General -> Show status in menu bar) must be enabled. First, copy and paste this script into Script Editor. Save as an application and then add it to your login items. On startup/login, you will sign on to your iChat account without iChat launching.

As an added bonus, you can modify the script so you sign in with a status other than Available -- Use Away, or any custom status message you've created, or even Current iTunes Track.

[robg adds: See the comments to the referenced hint if you want some reasons why you might wish to sign on without having iChat active.]
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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Oct 03, '06 07:42:11AM

It doesn't automatically log me in at startup, but I use the menu extra to log in without starting up iChat. It just takes a second to select it and choose Available (or one of the other settings)

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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Oct 03, '06 10:04:10AM

Just to clarify, I wasn't talking about this script... I phrased my comment oddly. :) I meant I just use the menu extra to connect to AIM. I haven't tried the script.

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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat
Authored by: Schwie on Oct 03, '06 08:17:21AM

So, I opened System Preferences->Universal Access, but I never found a way to turn on "GUI Scripting". Did you mean "Enable access for assistive devices"? I'm not sure how this would help, but it seems like the only option somewhat applicable.



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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat
Authored by: zpjet on Oct 03, '06 08:22:29AM

yeah, that's the one.



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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat
Authored by: WarmBadger on Oct 03, '06 09:21:23AM

I found the GUI Scripting check box in the Apple Script Utility application.



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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat
Authored by: jakecigar on Oct 03, '06 03:27:34PM

that's it... crummy name huh?



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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat
Authored by: Ag3ntS on Oct 05, '06 03:43:55PM

I'm still slightly confused; by signing in with the menu extra, you appear online and can see others who are online, but of someone were to send you a message, how would you get it if iChat isn't open?



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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat
Authored by: waboom on Oct 06, '06 08:44:33AM

If you sign in via the iChat menu, iChat is automatically launched when someone IMs you.



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Sign on to iChat on login without launching iChat
Authored by: ptejad on Mar 27, '07 01:35:41PM

If you take out the first line of the script:"activate application "SystemUIServer"" then it won't take focus away from the front app you are in. This is useful if you set up a cron job to run this script every 15 minutes.



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