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Receive a notification whenever anyone contacts you in Messages

In Messages, to receive a notification whenever anyone contacts you, choose Messages> Preferences, then click General and choose “Notify me about messages from unknown contacts”.

View animated buddy pictures in Messages

In Messages, to view animated buddy pictures, choose Messages> Preferences, then click General and select “Animate buddy pictures”.

Set where received files are saved in Messages

In Messages, to set where received files are saved, choose Messages> Preferences, then click General and choose an option for “Save received files to:”.

Send Tapbacks on messages in Messages

In Messages, to send Tapbacks on messages, click and hold a message, then choose a Tapback.

Be notified when your name is mentioned in Messages

In Messages, to be notified when your name is mentioned in a conversation, choose Messages> Preferences, then click General and select "Notify me when my name is mentioned".

Import a photo sent to you in Messages into Photos

In Messages, to import a photo sent to you in Messages into Photos, Control-click the photo in the message, then choose "Add to Photos Library" from the pop-up menu.

Send read receipts for a selected conversation in Messages

In Messages, to send read receipts for a selected conversation, click Details in the top-right corner, then select Send Read Receipts.

Block a person using iMessage in Messages

In Messages, to block a person using iMessage, choose Messages> Preferences, then click Accounts and select your iMessage account, then, in the Blocked pane, click the Add button and enter the iMessage address you want to block.

Use an image from Messages as your desktop picture

In Messages, to use an image sent or received in a conversation as your desktop picture, Control-click the image, then choose "Use Image as Desktop Picture" from the pop-up menu.

Delete an individual message from a conversation in Messages

In Messages, to delete an individual message from a conversation, Control-click the message bubble (but not its text), then choose Delete from the pop-up menu.

Delete a conversation immediately in Messages

In Messages, to delete a conversation immediately, select it in the sidebar, then press Option-Command-Delete.

Start a FaceTime call in Messages

In Messages, to start a FaceTime call, send a message to the person you want to video chat with, then click Details, then click the Video (camera) button to start the call.

Close a conversation in Messages

In Messages, to close a conversation if conversations are automatically saved, choose File> Close Conversation, or press Shift-Command-W.

Show or hide all buddy groups in Messages

In Messages, to show or hide all buddy groups, choose View> Use Groups, or press Shift-Command-H.

Delete a conversation in Messages

In Messages, to delete a conversation, swipe left on the conversation in the sidebar with two fingers, then click Delete.

View a friend's location in Messages

In Messages, to view a friend's location if they are sharing it, click Details in the top-right corner of your message, then view the map that appears when their location is shared.

Remove a buddy from your buddy list in Messages

In Messages, to permanently remove a selected buddy from your buddy list, choose Buddies> Remove Buddy, then click Remove.

Send read receipts for iMessages in Messages

In Messages, to send read receipts for iMessages, choose Messages> Preferences, then click Accounts, then click your iMessage account and select "Send read receipts".

Attach a vCard from Messages to an email in Mail

In Messages, drag a buddy from your Buddy List into a new email message in Mail to attach a vCard with their information to that message.

Use backdrops or video effects during a video chat in Messages

In Messages, to use backdrops or video effects during a video chat, click the Effects button, then select a backdrop or an effect.

Start an audio chat over FaceTime in Messages

In Messages, to start an audio chat over FaceTime, click Details in the Messages window, then click the Audio (telephone) button.

View a file you received in Messages

In Messages, to view a file you received, double-click the file in the Messages window.

Set your status to Offline in all buddy lists in Messages

In Messages, to set your status to Offline in all buddy lists, choose Messages> My Status> Offline, or press Control-Command-O.

Add a person to a group chat in Messages

In Messages, to add a person to a group chat, select the group conversation, then click Details, then click Add Contact.

See details and attachments in Messages

In Messages on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, tap a conversation in the sidebar using three fingers to see its details and attachments.

Select the sound that plays when a message is received in Messages

In Messages, to select the sound that plays when a message is received, choose Messages> Preferences, then click General and select a sound for "Message received sound".

Make text normal size in Messages

In Messages, if you have increased or decreased the size of text, to reset it back to normal, choose View> Make Text Normal Size.

Delete a photo, video, or file from a conversation in Messages

In Messages, to delete a photo, video, or file sent or received in a conversation, Control-click it, then choose Delete from the pop-up menu.

Set your buddy list status using your keyboard in Messages

In Messages, to set your buddy list status using your keyboard, press Control-Command-A to be available or Control-Command-W to be away.

Leave a group chat in Messages

In Messages, to leave a group chat, select the group conversation, then click Details, then click Leave this Conversation.

Record an audio clip in Messages

In Messages, to record an audio clip for an iMessage buddy, click the microphone button in the bottom right corner of the message window.

Turn off notifications for a specific conversation in Messages

In Messages, to turn off notifications for a specific conversation, Control-click the conversation in the Messages window, then choose Do Not Disturb from the pop-up menu.

Start a screen sharing session in Messages

In Messages, to start a screen sharing session, click Details in the Messages window, then click the Screen Share button and choose an option.

Give a title to a group chat in Messages

In Messages, to give a title to a group chat, click Details, then click "Untitled Group Chat" and enter a name.

Show buddy pictures in Messages

In Messages, to show buddy pictures in a buddy list, select the list, then choose View> Show Buddy Pictures.

Set the default text size in Messages

In Messages, to set the default text size, choose Messages> Preferences, then click General and adjust the "Text size" slider.

View all of the files sent and received in a conversation in Messages

In Messages, click the Details button in the top-right corner of a message to view all of the photos, videos, or files sent and received in the conversation.

Show the Messages window in Messages

In Messages, to show the Messages window, press Command-0, or choose Window> Messages.

Automatically convert text emoticons to Emoji in Messages

When typing in Messages, to automatically convert text emoticons to Emoji, choose Edit> Substitutions> Text Replacement> Emoji.

Mute notifications for a conversation in Messages

In Messages, to mute notifications for a conversation, select the conversation, then click Details, then select the Do Not Disturb checkbox.

See names and pictures for your buddies in Messages

In Messages, to see names and pictures for your buddies in the Messages window, choose View> Messages> Show Names and Pictures.

Send a file while in a text conversation in Messages

In Messages, to send a file while in a text conversation, drag one or more files into the message area of the Messages window, then press Return.

Put the Emoji character palette in its own window in Messages

In Messages, to put the Emoji character palette in its own window, click the smiley, then drag the palette out of the Messages window.

Change the font in Messages

In Messages, to change the font, choose Messages> Preferences, then click Viewing and choose an option for font.

Reset a video chat backdrop in Messages

In Messages, when using a custom backdrop in a video chat, to reset it, choose Video> Reset Background.

Assign buddies to one address card in Messages

In Messages, to combine multiple buddies, Command-click them in your AIM list to select them, then choose Buddies> Assign Buddies to One Address Card.

Hide buddy pictures in Messages

In Messages, to hide buddy pictures in a buddy list if they are showing, select the list, then deselect View> Show Buddy Pictures.

Switch between screens in Messages

In Messages, when sharing screens, click the small desktop image to switch between viewing your screen and your buddy’s screen.

Automatically reply with your Away message in Messages

In Messages, to automatically reply with your Away message, choose Messages> Preferences> General, then select "Auto-reply with my Away message".

Forward an image in Messages

In Messages, to forward an image sent or received in a conversation, Control-click the image, then choose "Forward..." from the pop-up menu.

View a file you sent in Messages

In Messages, to view a file you sent, double-click the file in the Messages window.

Delete a conversation without saving it in Messages

In Messages, to delete a conversation without saving it, select it in the sidebar, then choose File> Delete Conversation, or press Command-Delete.

Make the message font bigger in Messages

In Messages, to make the message font bigger in the main Messages window, choose View> Make Text Bigger, or press Command-Plus (+).

Change the font color in Messages

In Messages, to change the font color, choose Messages> Preferences, then click Viewing and choose an option for font color.

View the next conversation in Messages

In Messages, press Control-Tab to view the next conversation in the sidebar of the Messages window.

View all images transferred in a Messages chat session

To view all images transferred during a Messages chat session, Control-click one of the images, then choose "Quick Look" and press the right or left arrow buttons.

Use shapes to show the status of buddies in Messages

In Messages, to use shapes instead of colored circles to show the status of buddies, choose Messages> Preferences> General, then select "Use shapes to indicate status".

Send an email to a buddy in your Messages buddy list

In Messages, to open Mail and create a new message addressed to a buddy, Control-click their name in your buddy list, then choose "Send Email".

Pause your video during a video chat in Messages

In Messages, to pause or resume your side of the video during a video chat, choose Video> Pause Video.

Insert a line break into a text message in Messages

In Messages, to insert a line break when typing text into a message, press Option-Return.

Save a picture clipping of a video chat in Messages

In Messages, to save a picture clipping of a video chat, press and hold the Command key then click, drag and drop the image out of the chat window.

Always show your AIM status as "available" in Messages

In Messages, to always show your AIM account status as "available" choose Messages> Preferences> Accounts, then select your AIM account, click Privacy and select "Block others from seeing my status as idle".

Adjust the volume for spoken alerts in Messages

In Messages, to adjust the volume for spoken alerts that announce events, choose Messages> Preferences, then click Alerts and adjust the "Speech volume" slider.

Specify default font settings in Messages

In Messages, to specify the default font settings, choose Messages> Preferences, then click Messages and click Set Font.

Change the balloon color in Messages

In Messages, to change the balloon color, choose Messages> Preferences, then click Viewing and choose an option for background color.

Use a keyboard shortcut to bring Messages to the front

In Messages, to use a keyboard shortcut to bring Messages to the front, choose Messages> Preferences, then click Messages and select "Use a keyboard shortcut to bring Messages to the front".

Show buddies for all active accounts in one window in Messages

In Messages, to show buddies for all active accounts in one window, choose Messages> Preferences> General, then select "Show all my accounts in one list".

Take a picture during a video chat in Messages

In Messages, to take a picture of the chat window during a video chat and save it to your desktop, choose Video> Take Snapshot.

Make the message font smaller in Messages

In Messages, to make the message font smaller in the main Messages window, choose View> Make Text Smaller, or press Command-Minus (-).

Block a person on an AIM buddy list in Messages

In Messages, to block a person on an AIM buddy list, select the person's name in the list, and then choose Buddies> Block.

Search a buddy list in Messages

In Messages, to search a buddy list for a buddy's name, email or status message, select the list then press Command-F and type a search word or phrase.

Show a buddy in your buddy list in Messages

In Messages, to show in your buddy list the buddy you are currently chatting with, choose Buddies> Show in Buddy List.

Show a buddy's contact card in Messages

In Messages, to show the Contacts card for a selected buddy in your AIM Buddy List, choose Buddies> Show Contact Card.

Remove all of the messages recorded in a chat in Messages

In Messages, to remove all of the messages recorded in a chat, choose Edit> Clear Transcript.

Preview a URL in Messages

In Messages, to preview a URL sent or received in a chat, move the pointer over the URL address, then click the down arrow.

Use the name of the current iTunes song as your status in Messages

In Messages, to use the name of the iTunes song you’re currently listening to as your status, choose "Current iTunes Song" from the pop-up status menu.

Open an item previously transferred in Messages

In Messages, to open an item you previously transferred, choose Window> File Transfers, then double-click the file's icon in the File Transfers list.

Perform a Spotlight search from Messages

In Messages, to perform a Spotlight search for a buddy in your Buddy List, select the buddy, then choose Buddies> Search in Spotlight.

Show when text was sent or received in a Messages transcript

In Messages, hold your pointer over text in a chat transcript to show the exact date and time when that text was sent or received.

Hide yourself during a video chat in Messages

In Messages, to hide yourself on your screen during a video chat, choose Video>Hide Local Video.

Send a file while video chatting in Messages

In Messages, to send a file while video chatting, drag and drop the file into the upper half of the video chat window.

See your entire buddy list in Messages

In Messages, to see your entire buddy list, including buddies not currently online, select a buddy list, then choose View> Show Offline Buddies.

Quick look a file in Messages

In Messages, to quick look a file you send or receive, click the file in the Messages window, then press the Space bar, or choose File> Quick Look.

Manually sort conversations in Messages

In Messages, to manually sort conversations in the Messages window, choose View> Sort Conversations> Manually, then drag conversations up or down in the sidebar to sort.

View the previous conversation in Messages

In Messages, press Shift-Control-Tab to view the previous conversation in the sidebar of the Messages window.

Turn alerts on or off for a specific conversation in Messages

In Messages, to turn alerts on or off for a specific conversation, select it in the Messages window, then choose View> Use Alerts in This Conversation.

Hide the Messages window in Messages

In Messages, to hide the Messages window, press Command-0, or choose Window> Messages.

Manage your status messages in Messages

In Messages, to manage your status messages, click your status message in a buddy list, then choose "Edit Status Menu" from the pop-up menu.

Rename a buddy group in Messages

To rename a buddy group in Messages, Control-click the group, choose Rename Group, then type a new name and click Rename.

Close all conversations at once in Messages

In Messages, to close all conversations at once, press Option and choose File>Close All Conversations.

Automatically save conversations in Messages

In Messages, to automatically save conversations when you close them, choose Messages> Preferences, then click Messages and select "Save history when conversations are closed".

Open a conversation in a new window in Messages

In Messages, to open a conversation in a new window, double-click the conversation in the sidebar.