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Sending a Message
To send a message, type it into the message entry box at the bottom of the chat box. The message will be sent to the other people in the chat room when you press the return/enter key.
You can format your message with bold, italic, strikethrough and hypertext styles. You can do this using the Context Menu, which you can open by highlighting and right-clicking your text within the message entry box.
To quote other messages within the chat box, hover over the relevant message and click the quote icon next to it. This will add the message to your message entry box with blockquote formatting. You can then write your own text after the blockquote formatting, within the same message. You can quote up to 3 messages at a time. You cannot quote smilies.
Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts (where applicable) or type the formatting elements yourself (see table below). These styles can be used in combination with each other, e.g. italic and bold at the same time.
|Bold||Enclose your text within double asterisks (**)||Hello, **how are you?**||ctrl + b|
|Italic||Enclose your text within asterisks (*)||Are you *really* sure?||ctrl + i|
|Strikethrough||Enclose your text within tildes (~)||I ~love~ hate sprouts!||ctrl + u|
|Blockquote||Start your quoted text with >[ and end with ]||>[I ~love~ hate sprouts] Me too!||ctrl + q|
|Hypertext||Enclose your link text within square brackets  and then enclose your link URL within round brackets () immediately after||Visit [Help chat](https://xat.com/help)!|
The Visitor list is a list of people that are currently chatting in the group. Each name has a pawn next to it, and the color indicates their status. The pawns are:
When you send a message, your pawn, in the visitor/friend list, will glow green to indicate you are talking. When others send messages, their pawns will glow as well.
When a user is available, it means that they might receive your message, but you might not receive a response.
Smilies are emoticons that can be added to messages. You can add smilies by either clicking on one of the default smilies above the message entry box, or by directly typing the code for the smiley. For example, :-) is the code for the standard yellow smiley. There are lots of additional smilies that are not part of the standard set, which can be found on the free smilies page.
Anytime you are on a chat page, and you want to display the full list of smilies (besides the subscriber smilies), look for the magic 8ball on the smiley bar. Clicking that icon will bring up the smiley inventory. Various categories of smilies will be displayed for you to select, but only free smilies or smilies from powers that you already have will be shown.
There are also several shorthand smiley codes. Here is a list:
- :), :-) - (smile)
- :d - (biggrin)
- ;), ;-) - (wink)
- :o, :-o - (eek)
- :p - (tongue)
- 8-) - (cool)
- :@ - (mad)
- :s - (confused)
- :$ - (redface)
- :(, :-( - (frown)
- :'( - (crying)
- |-) - (sleepy)
- :|, :-| - (rolleyes)
- :-* - N/A
- :[, :-[ - (vampire)
Audies are sound effects that can be added to messages. An audie is sent by using # followed by the name of the sound, e.g. #raspberry, #giddy, #ohh. It will appear as a sound icon in the message and play when the message is displayed. It can be played again by clicking on it. You’ll find hundreds more of them here. Note that users who have the chatbox sound muted, or have the Noaudies power, will not hear audies. Check Noaudies for more information.
The owner of the chat group you are on may have added another chat group to their chatbox. This will appear as a second tab next to the main tab at the bottom left of the chat. Group owners usually tab other groups with the intention of giving support to these groups. You can also access the chat groups directly by clicking on the green speech bubble on the bottom left of the chatbox.
Note: If you click the tab of the other group, you will be completely disconnected from the main group in order to access it.
If you would like to find more chat groups, you can check out the Groups page.
Turn sounds & radio on or off
You can turn chatbox sounds and radio on and off by clicking the radio icon on the bottom right of the chatbox. A dialog box with three options will appear, with the message, chat and radio sounds icons respectively. Click one of the icons to disable it. To turn it back on, click again. If you want to turn the sound up or down, hover your cursor over the bar above one of the icons, then move it up and down to increase or decrease the volume. If you are a main owner of a chat group, you can set all default sounds to on or off by hovering over "group" at the top right, clicking "customize" and entering the group password. Then, go to the "settings" tab, toggle the "disable sounds" option to green and click "save".
If a chat has a radio station, you may click the second radio icon to turn it on or off. If you're a main owner and want to add a radio station to your chat, hover over "group" at the top right and click "customize", then enter the group password, go to the "settings" tab, add your radio station in the correspondent field and click "save". Read more about setting up a radio station here.
To sign out of the chatbox, press the Sign Out button located at the bottom right of the chat, next to the text box. You will be shown at the bottom of the Visitors list and will be listed as offline. You will not be able to see or send messages until you press "Sign In" or refresh the page.
Receiving/Sending a Private Message
A private message appears in the chat window but has only been sent to one person. It is like being in a room full of people and whispering something to someone that you only want them to hear. If you see a message that has a gold padlock next to it, that person has sent you a private message that only you two can see.
To send a private message to another user, click on their name in either the chat or the Visitor list. On the menu that pops up, click on "Private Message" and a large padlock will appear on the left side of the text box. This indicates that the next message you send will be a private message, to the selected user. If you want to be sure of whom you're sending the private message to, just hover the padlock icon. You can also cancel if you click in the X button that also shows when you hover it.
Starting/Responding to a Private Chat
A private chat is a conversation with only two people; it is like leaving a room full of people and finding a private room to talk in. When you are sent a private chat message, a tab will appear with the sender's name on it under the message window. It will flash to indicate a new message and the speech bubble will remain green to show that you have not read it yet. Click on the tab and you will be in a private chat with that person. While you are having a private chat with one person, you may also see the main room and other private chats flashing and remaining green to indicate new or unread messages. You can switch between these and maintain conversations with several people at once if you want to. When you have finished with a private chat, move your cursor over the tab and press the red x that appears to close it.
Have you been automatically signed out?
If you haven’t typed a message for over 15 minutes, the chat box will automatically sign you out. To sign back in, press the "Sign In" button on the bottom right. Owners and Moderators are not automatically signed out, so they should take more care to sign out when they leave to prevent visitors from wondering why Moderators/Owners are not responding to them.
Have you been kicked?
If you have been kicked out of a chatbox, you will need to sign in again if you wish to continue chatting. There will be an information message that is sent to everyone in the room that says who was kicked, who did the kicking, and the reason for the kick. You will also be "Gagged" (unable to send messages) for 15 seconds after being kicked.
Have you been banned?
If you have been banned from a chat box, you will have received a banned information message, your pawn in the Visitors list will have turned brown, and your name will have changed to "Banned". You will still be able to see the messages being sent (this only applies if the chat doesn't have Banish or Banpool assigned), but the other people in the room will not receive any message you try to send. The ban may be for a limited duration and if so, you could return later. The ban may have been a warning and they may un-ban you sooner if you remain online for a while.
If you believe you have been unfairly banned, hover over "group" at the top right, click "inappropriate" and select Unfair banning in "complaint". Then, fill out all the required info and add as much evidence as you have about the case.
If you are banned, only users who have added you as a friend can see private chats you send to them.
Click on your name at the top of the Visitors list to set up your display name and avatar. If you are new to the chatbox, you will have been assigned a "toon" name like WuggyBunch and a random picture. These, however, are easily changeable.
How do I change my name?
Click on your name in the chat, then enter your desired name in the "Name" box, as you want it to appear on the chat. You can use smiley codes in your name also, and these will be displayed on the Visitor and Friend lists.
How do I change my avatar?
To change your display picture, you can choose one of the default images by copying its number and pasting into the "Avatar" box. To see all the default images available, check the default avatars page. Alternatively, you can use any picture you like by getting the "Direct Link" of an image (you can easily upload images here). After copying the "Direct Link," paste the link into the "Avatar" box and click "Save".
How do I change my homepage?
To add a homepage or set a different one, enter the link to a website e.g. https://xat.wiki in the "Home Page" box, then click "Save". If you have a home page specified, whenever you post a message, a small home icon will appear next to your name. If someone clicks on this, they will open the link in your homepage. To remove a homepage, simply leave the "Home Page" box blank and click "Save".
How do I turn off automatic sign in on a chatbox?
If you don’t want to be automatically signed in to the chat box on web pages you visit, then you can turn off automatic sign in. Click your name, then Settings, search for "Sign me in automatically" and switch from Enable to Disable. You will have to click the "Sign In" button every time you visit a chat box to appear online. To return to automatically signing in, just repeat the process and switch from Disable to Enable instead.
How do I reset my ID/user data?
If you wish to reset your ID number and screen name (not your registered ID or account name), hover over "account" at the top right and click "logout". After this, refresh the chat page or go to a new chat, and these effects will take place. If you were using a registered account, your session using that account will end. Once finished, a new "toon" ID will be generated, either for you to register or just use temporarily.
Note: By doing this, some data will be deleted. Your status, enabled/disabled powers and some other information might be deleted. If you do not want to lose that data, do not reset.
You can visit the Subscribers Guide for more information regarding this topic.
Registering allows you to keep your ID, rank (moderator, member, owner etc.), and Friends list on other computers (or after your cookies have been deleted). You can also get a xatspace, which is your own personal xat profile. Registering also makes it almost impossible for other users to impersonate you, and makes it easier for your friends to tell who you are if you’re on other computers. It also allows you to buy xats and subscription time, or receive them through transfers or trades. On a few chats, you might not be able to join unless you’re registered. Your name also appears higher on the list than non-registered users.
How do I register?
Click register at the top right, fill in the required information (email must be valid), and submit the form. Log into your e-mail and click the activation link you received from xat. Afterward, log in using your registered name and password. You may need to refresh any chats you're on for the registration to take effect. If you don't get an email, then your email service has not delivered the email. Try opening a Gmail account to register your new account.
How can I change my registered name?
Go to the login page and log in to your account. Then, click the "change username" tab. In the "xat username" field, type in the registered username that you want (as long as it's 10-18 characters). After that, click the "change username" button. You may need to refresh any chats you’re on in order for this to take effect. You can only change your registered name once every 7 days.
Note: Anyone can take your old registered username if you change it to a new one.
How do I get a short name?
Instead of having a registered name that is 10-18 characters, you can purchase a short name. A short name is a registered name that is 4-9 characters long. Short names cost at least 1,000 xats. Generally speaking, the shorter the short name, the higher the price. By clicking here, you can see prices of short names or even buy one if you'd like.
See short name for more information.
Will I keep the same ranks/Friends list if I log in on another computer?
Yes, your rank and your Friends list will be restored if you log in to your registered account on another computer. You can log in by going to xat.com/Login.
How do I change my password?
Go to the login page and log in to your account. Then, click the "change password" tab. Your xat username will show automatically. Once you have chosen a new password, type your old password and new password into the correspondent fields and click the "change password" button.
Your password should be at least 8 characters long and consist of letters (capital and lowercase) and numbers. The more characters you use, the stronger your password will be. Avoid using personal information like your birthday, your name, etc. You may also want to change your password every 3-6 months to ensure maximum security of your account.
Note: Special characters ([email protected]#$ etc) are stripped from your password when logging in, so be sure just to use alphanumeric characters (a-Z, 0-9).
How do I change my xat ID?
xat IDs are generated randomly. You can hover over "account" at the top right and click "logout" to get a new randomly generated ID. Otherwise, you can bid on IDs via the xat auction.
Note: xat does not support the trading of IDs.
How can I change my xat e-mail?
If you would like to change the e-mail account associated with your xat account, you would have to create a ticket under the "Email Change / Hint" help topic.
Note: For security reasons, you can only update to a Gmail address at this time.
What should I do if I lost my password?
Go to the login page and click the "Lost password/username" tab. Alternatively, you can go to the lost password tool. You'll need access to the email you used to register your xat account. After filling in the captcha, enter your email, and a link will be emailed to you. Go to your email and wait for this email (may take up to 30 minutes to arrive). If the email doesn't arrive after 30 minutes, check your spam/bulk folders. Once you receive the e-mail, click the link and you will be able to reset your password.
How do I delete my account?
NOTE: If you ever want to register your ID in the future, save the k2 code of your ID and follow the instructions in the Identification Numbers article.
1 - Go to https://xat.com/login
2 - When it says LOGIN SUCCESSFUL, click the "delete" tab.
3 - Now you should see an option that says "Delete (your current username here)".
4 - Click that button and it should tell you to check your email.
5 - Use the link in your email to log in and click the delete button once again.
- You cannot delete an account with xats/days/powers or held on it.
- If you just registered your account you have to wait 14 days before you can delete it.
- Keep in mind xat does not support the transfer of IDs so if you get scammed in the process of selling one, xat can't help you.
To interact with a person either click on their name on the Visitors / Friends lists or by a message they have sent. This will open up a dialog, which will give you more information about them and options to interact with them.
A private message is sent to only one person and no one else can see it. To send a private message, click on a person on the Visitors / Friends lists or the name on a message someone has sent, and click "Private Message". A padlock will appear on the message entry window. Type your message and press enter. When the message is sent, it will have a padlock next to it and only the person you selected will see it. To send another private message, follow the same procedure again. In some case, Private Chats (see below) can be more useful.
When hovering the mouse over the area around the cancel button on the padlock, you will be able to see to whom that private message is being sent. If you want to cancel it, you can just press enter with no text or click the X button inside the padlock.
A private chat is a one-on-one conversation in a separate tab on the chatbox. To start a private chat, click on a person on the Visitors or Friends lists or the name on a message someone has sent and click Private Chat. A tab will appear that contains just you and the person you want to start a private chat with. When you send your first message a tab will appear on their chat box which they can choose to answer or not. Note: You may not be able to Private Chat a user if they have the Nopc power. You can click Powers for more information regarding the special abilities.
Add As Friend
If you want to add someone, so you can easily find them and talk to them another time, you can add them as a friend. Click on that person on the Visitors or the name on a message they have sent and click Add as Friend. They will appear on the list in bold and move to the top of their rank. They will also be added to your Friends list, accessible by clicking on your Friends tab at the bottom of the list.
When you return to the chat box at a later time, you can click on your Friend list and see which ones of your friends are online on any chat box, not just the one you are on. You can send them a private chat or private message from your chat box to theirs. If the user has added you as a friend, you will be able to see which chat they are on so you can go there (unless the user has the Nofollow power). If you want to unfriend someone, click on their name and click "Un-Friend".
/f Add a User by their ID
If you know a person's ID number and want to add them as a friend, you can use the /fIDHERE command on the chat.
Example: /f96321545 Kyle
This adds ID 96321545 as a friend with the name of "Kyle".
To ignore a user: click on their name on the visitors or friends list or on their name of one of their messages and press "Ignore". Their pawn will appear grey on the visitors list. You won't be able to see any of their messages and they won't be able to start private conversations with you. If you wish to unignore them and see their messages again, click on their name on the visitors list and press "Un-Ignore". Please note that the user will only be ignored for 12 hours, so after the time is up simply repeat the steps above.
You may also type /t in PC to ignore a user. If you have Ttth, you can also send a full-screen smiley / message along with ignoring.
As a moderator or an owner, you're still able to see ignored users post on the main chat. To have the same effect as a member and below, hold down SHIFT prior to pressing "Ignore".
Bad Chat Etiquette
When using a xat chatbox, you have to abide by the Terms of Service. However, there are specific things that you might do that are considered bad etiquette and could annoy some users.
Flooding or Spamming
Flooding or spamming is typing random numbers and/or letters for no reason, or repeatedly sending a link. This is very disruptive to the chat box and all the users in the chat. People find it very annoying and if you do it you may find you either banned or Ignored by everyone in the room. Talking in CAPS, using too many smilies or audies in a way, may also be considered as spam or flooding. Likewise, if you do either of these too much, you may be ignored or even banned from the chat.
Talking in CAPS
Typing messages with CAPSLOCK on often annoys people, it is used to say that you are SHOUTING what you are saying. You can type in CAPS if you want unless a chat's rules say otherwise, but you should expect that people will add you to their Ignore list. It is best saved for when you are really shouting something.
Too Many Smilies
Using smilies livens up messages and makes the chat more fun, but if you send them too frequently, you will soon end up on everyone's Ignore list.
Spamming Audie Sound Effects
The odd sound effect can make a chat fun but if you keep on sending them, it can be annoying and you will soon be on everyone's ignore list.
You may create chat groups or accounts relating to your services outside of xat.com. However, you may not go to other chat groups and promote your services. This is prohibited in the xat Terms of Service. In addition to this, other chat group owners tend to dislike such behavior and it may result in a ban from individual chat groups.
Asking to be staff
Asking to be a higher rank on chatrooms is a sign that you have not earned it yet. Popular chat owners are bombarded with requests from people to be made moderators/owners. If you want to be a staff member on a chatbox, you should be active on the chat, make friends with users, and try to be helpful whenever you can.
Asking for free xats, days, or powers
People work hard for their money, which they use to purchase their xat products. With this being said, it is not likely that they will give away their products for free to people who just ask, especially if they are strangers. It is recommended that you avoid asking people for free products, as this may upset them and cause you to get banned.
If you are unable to purchase your own products, or if you simply choose not to, you can join the Game chatroom and play games for a chance to win xats, days, and powers as prizes. There is also a section dedicated to contests and events on the forums, which can be found here.