How do I chat?

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Template:KB Communication/enText chat is how you communicate with other Residents near you in Second Life® . Unlike an Instant Message (IM), chat can be "heard" by anyone (and any scripted objects) within range.

Click the Chat button at the bottom of the Second Life Viewer. Type what you want to say, then click the Say button to say your message. Anyone within 20 meters of your avatar will see your message.

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Other Ways to Chat

  • Press Enter on your keyboard to open the chat bar. Type your message, then press Enter to say it.
  • Click the Say dropdown menu after typing your message to change your range:
    • Shout - Anyone within a 100m radius will see your message. You can also press Ctrl+Enter to shout.
    • Whisper - Anyone within a 10m radius will see your message.
  • To stop the typing sound and hand-waving animation, open the Preferences window (select Edit > Preferences), click the Text chat tab, and uncheck Play typing animation when chatting.
  • To speak on a non-default channel, start your message with "/#". For example, to speak on channel 4, type "/4 Hello!" Like radio frequencies, only those tuned in to a channel can listen. Channels are commonly used to give discreet commands to scripted objects. For technical info, see Chat channel.

To speak privately to one person, see "How do I Instant Message (IM) someone?".

If you're using Second Life Viewer version 1.20 or later, you can click someone's name in chat history to open their profile.

KBtip2.png Tip: Tip: You can emote with "/me", followed by an action. E.g., "/me grins" becomes "<your name> grins". You can also trigger gestures with text commands.