I want to use iMessage on Mountain Lion for my Google Talk buddies. However, the main chat window just shows recent contacts down the left bar, and not my online buddies. I can bring up a seperate window to show my online buddies by pressing Command ⌘+1 but this is lame, I want it all in one screen.

Is there any setting anywhere I'm missing or do I have to return to Adium?


Hit command 1 or go to window and click on on buddies. Should bring up the buddy list.

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    He mentioned in his question that he knew about Cmd + 1, but didn't like it opening in a new window. Are you aware of another way to bring up the buddy list, like he described? – bassplayer7 Dec 5 '12 at 21:41

Messages > Preferences > General > Show status in menu bar.

You can see all your online buddies with this. You can even change your status or go offline.

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    this only shows the online buddies from the recent list.. – Charlie Sep 2 '12 at 17:06
  • Nope, it shows all online buddies. – duci9y Sep 3 '12 at 8:42
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    Oh yes, it does. It doesn't show people who are away. Still, I don't like this UI at all. A chat client shouldn't hide away all the contacts. No one of your finer products Apple.. – Charlie Sep 3 '12 at 15:29
  • SO click the arrows next to the categories. :) – Tony Tellez Oct 25 '12 at 18:35

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