Sams Teach Yourself ICQ in 24 Hours

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Sams Teach Yourself ICQ in 24 Hours teaches you how to use this seemingly simple program. While the basic component of ICQ is the largely self-explanatory chat feature, the program's capabilities goes far beyond that. This book also teaches you how to use ICQ plug-ins that expand the capabilities of the program. You will learn how to find people you know via ICQ, make yourself invisible while on ICQ, and send voice, graphics, and text files via ICQ. Also see how to protect yourself from ICQ hackers, use ICQ as a ...
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Overview

Sams Teach Yourself ICQ in 24 Hours teaches you how to use this seemingly simple program. While the basic component of ICQ is the largely self-explanatory chat feature, the program's capabilities goes far beyond that. This book also teaches you how to use ICQ plug-ins that expand the capabilities of the program. You will learn how to find people you know via ICQ, make yourself invisible while on ICQ, and send voice, graphics, and text files via ICQ. Also see how to protect yourself from ICQ hackers, use ICQ as a personal assistant, and connect your phone to ICQ. ICQ is a powerful program with a user interface that hides some of its best features. Sams Teach Yourself ICQ in 24 Hours uncovers and teaches dozens of uses for the program that you may not have discovered on your own.
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There's more to ICQ than you ever imagined! Now, Preston Gralla has written the ultimate guide to the ultimate instant messaging tool. It covers sending, receiving, customizing, creating contact lists and Active Lists, finding others who share your interests, using ICQ for chat and email, using ICQ as a personal assistant, creating your ICQ home page, connecting ICQ to your Internet phone and videoconferencing software, using ICQ's Internet navigation and search features -- and, not least, protecting your privacy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672319105
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 11/2/2000
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

I. INSTALLING AND SETTING UP ICQ.

Hour 1. Joining the Instant Messaging Revolution.
Getting into Instant Messaging. Distinguishing Between Instant Messaging, Chat, and Email.
Understanding Email. Understanding Chat. Understanding Instant Messaging.
Discovering What ICQ Can Do For You. Understanding How ICQ Works. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 2. Downloading and Installing ICQ.
Visiting the ICQ Home Page.
Choosing the Right Version of ICQ.
Downloading ICQ. Installing ICQ. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 3. Setting Up a New ICQ Account.
Understanding the Registration Process.
What Happens When You Register.
Setting Up Your Account by Registering with ICQ. Getting Started Using ICQ Services.
Finding Your Friends on the ICQ Network. Setting the ICQ Home Page as Your Browser Startup Page. Make Yourself Available for a Chat. Subscribe to the ICQ Newsletter.
Finishing the Registration Process. Setting Up a Second ICQ Account on Your Computer.
Switching Among ICQ Accounts. Removing an ICQ Account.
Registering Your ICQ Account on a Second Computer. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

II. LEARNING THE ICQ BASICS.


Hour 4. Learning the Basics of Using ICQ.
Understanding the VariousWays You Can Communicate with ICQ. Other Services that ICQ Provides. Navigating the Main ICQ Window.
Navigating in Advanced Mode.
Changing Your Status Indicator.
Changing Your Status Automatically. Choosing a Display Message. Specifying Your Status to Individuals on Your Contact List.
Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 5. Sending and Receiving Instant Messages.
Understanding the Difference Between Instant Messaging and Chat. Sending an Instant Message.
Sending an Instant Message When Someone Is Offline.
Receiving Instant Messages. Customizing Instant Messages. Sending an Instant Message via Email. Reading the Message History. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 6. Sending and Receiving Files, Web Links, Greeting Cards, and More.
Understanding All the Things You Can Send to Others. Learning Basics of Sending.
Learning About More Options for Sending.
Sending Files to Others.
Understanding and Using the File Transfer Screen.
Receiving and Saving Files.
Customizing How You Accept Files.
Sending and Receiving Web Links.
Receiving Web Links.
Sending and Receiving Greeting Cards. Recording, Sending, and Receiving Sound Files.
Sending an Already-Recorded Sound File. Receiving Sound Files.
Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 7. Customizing ICQ.
Using the Owner Preferences to Customize ICQ. Changing How ICQ Runs at Startup. “Floating” ICQ on Your Desktop.
Floating Contacts on Your Desktop.
Changing the Way the ICQ Window Appears.
Docking the ICQ Windows to a Side of the Screen.
Making Your Life Easy with ICQ Shortcuts. Using and Customizing the ICQuick Bar.
Running Other Programs by Using the ICQuick Bar.
Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 8. Tell the World About Yourself.
All the Ways You Can Use ICQ to Publicize Yourself. Setting Up Your User Details.
Using the Main Tab. Using the Home Tab. Using the Work Tab. Using the More Tab. Using the Phone “Follow Me” Tab. Using the Picture Tab. Using the Info/About Tab. Using the Affiliations Tab. Using the Interests Tab. Using the Unknown Tab. “Unlisting” Your Personal Information. Saving Your Information as a Vcard.
Creating Your Personal Communication Center. Sending Your Four ICQ Addresses to Someone. Publicizing Yourself in Internet Directories. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 9. Keep Track of Your Contact List.
Understanding the Contact List. Adding People You Know to Your Contact List.
Removing a User from Your Contact List.
Adding Someone to Your Contact List When You Need Permission. How to Change People's Names on the Contact List. Learning the Different Ways to View the Contact List.
More Options for Viewing the Contact List.
Organizing Your Contact List into Groups.
Working with Groups in the Contact List. Opening and Closing Groups. Creating New Groups. Renaming and Deleting Groups. Placing Contacts into Groups.
Customizing How the Contact List Appears. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

III. USING ICQ TO FIND CONTACTS AND MAKE FRIENDS.


Hour 10. Finding Others Who Share Your Interests.
Learning the Different Ways You Can Find People with Similar Interests. Using the White Pages To Find Others with Your Interests.
Using White Pages Advanced Search Features.
Finding People Using the ICQ Interests Button. Finding People on the ICQ Message Boards.
Searching the ICQ Message Boards.
Finding People in User Lists. Finding Friends in an Interest Group.
Finding an Interest Group. Joining an Interest Group.
Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 11. Looking Through the ICQ PeopleSpace Directory.
Understanding the PeopleSpace Directory.
What You'll Find in the PeopleSpace Directory. Using PeopleSpace.
Navigating Through PeopleSpace.
Using the PeopleSpace Navigation Buttons.
Using the People Navigator. Searching to Find Someone with a Related Interest. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 12. Finding and Joining an ActiveList.
Exploring ActiveLists. Searching for ActiveLists and Joining Them.
Using the Search Wizard to Find an ActiveList.
Using the Search Wizard to Find ActiveLists on a Topic. Learning About an ActiveList.
Joining an ActiveList.
Displaying Your ActiveLists. Using an ActiveList.
Participating in an ActiveList. Sending and Receiving ActiveList Messages. Participating in the News Board.
Quitting an ActiveList. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 13. Create Your Own ActiveLists, Interest Groups, and User Lists.
Determining Whether Your ActiveList, Interest Group, or User Group Is. Needed. Setting Up and Running an ActiveList.
Understanding How ActiveLists Work. Downloading and Installing the ActiveList Server. Running Your ActiveList. Maintaining Your ActiveList.
Creating an ICQ Interest Group.
Maintaining Your Interest Group.
Creating an ICQ User List.
Finding a Place to Host Your User List Page. Building Your User List. Submitting Your List to ICQ.
Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 14. Setting Up Your Ignore, Invisible, and Visible Lists.
Understanding the Difference Between Ignoring and Invisibility. Ignoring ICQ Users.
Removing Someone from Your Ignore List.
Using the Ignore List to Ignore Groups of People.
Share Your Ignore List with Others.
Making Yourself Invisible to Other ICQ Users.
Removing a Name from the Invisible List.
Making Yourself Visible to Only a Few People. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

IV. USING ICQ FOR CHAT AND EMAIL.


Hour 15. Using an ICQ Chat Room.
Inviting Someone to Chat.
Sending a Chat Invitation. Receiving a Chat Invitation. Entering an Active List Chat Room.
Using a Chat Room.
Changing the Appearance of Your Comments. Jazzing Up Your Chat with “Emotes,” “Actions,” and Smiley Faces Inviting Someone Else to Join a Chat. Inviting Free for Chat Users to a Room.
Leaving a Chat Room.
Saving Your Chat to a File. Reviewing a Chat Transcript.
Joining and Creating Public Chat Rooms.
Creating a Public Chat Room.
Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 16. Chatting with Others in IrCQ-Net.
Understanding How IrCQ-Net Chat Works. Logging In and Finding a Chat Room. Chatting on IrCQ-Net.
Using the Buttons at the Top of the Chat Screen. Joining Other Chat Rooms.
Using the IrCQ-Net Chat Plug-In.
Installing the IrCQ-Net Invitation Plug-In. Sending an IrCQ-Net Invitation.
Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 17. Using Email and ICQ Together.
Sending Email to Other ICQ Users.
Configuring ICQ to Send Email. Sending Email with the ICQ Software. Sending Email with Your Existing Email Software. Using the Send Email and Notify Option.
Using ICQ to Check Your Email Accounts.
Configuring ICQ to Check Your Email. Previewing Your Email with ICQ.
Signing Up for Your ICQmail Account. Using Your ICQmail Account.
Reading Your ICQmail. Sending ICQmail. Setting Your ICQmail Preferences.
Receiving ICQmail from Within ICQ. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

V. MASTERING ICQ.


Hour 18. Protecting Your Privacy on ICQ.
Understanding ICQ's Security and Privacy Issues. Hiding Your IP Address in ICQ. Protecting Yourself Against Viruses. Protecting Yourself with Your ICQ Password.
How to Change Your Password.
Protecting Yourself Against Profanity and Obscene Language. Protecting Yourself Against Spam.
Stopping Spam Messages. Stopping Email Spam.
Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 19. Using ICQ as Your Personal Assistant.
Understanding How ICQ Can Help You Organize Your Life. Creating Reminders in ICQ.
Reading and Managing Reminders. Creating To Do Notes in ICQ. Reading and Using To Dos.
Creating Notes.
Viewing and Managing Notes.
Using the Address Book. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 20. Searching the Message Archive.
Navigating the Message Archive.
How to Open the Message Archive. Tricks for Quickly Navigating the Message Archive.
Downloading and Installing the Message Archive Software. Working with the Messages Folder. Maintaining and Managing Your Message Archive.
Creating, Deleting, and Using New Folders. Moving and Copying Items Between Folders. Deleting Items. Changing the Archive's Font and Colors.
Searching for Items in the Archive. Printing Items from the Archive. Keeping Events Out of the Message Archive. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 21. Creating an ICQ Home Page.
Understanding Your Two Types of ICQ Home Pages. Building a Basic Home Page. Customizing Your Home Page.
Building the Home Module. Building the Chat Module. Building the Messages Module. Building the Personal Details Module. Building the Favorite Links Module. Building the File Server Module. Building the Guestbook Module.
Dressing Up Your Home Page. Using Advanced Features for Building Your Home Page. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 22. Connecting ICQ to Your Internet Phone or Videoconference Software.
Understanding Internet Telephone and Videoconferencing Software.
What You Need to Use Telephone and Videoconferencing Software. Where to Get Popular Telephone and Videoconferencing Software.
Configuring ICQ to Work with Telephone and Videoconferencing Software.
Configuring ICQ to Accept Telephone and Videoconferencing. Invitations.
Sending and Accepting Internet Telephone and Videoconferencing Requests. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 23. Expanding ICQ with Plug-Ins and Add-Ons.
Understanding Plug-Ins and Add-Ons. Finding and Using ICQ Plug-Ins. Finding and Using ICQ Add-Ons. Installing and Using ICQ Surf.
Downloading and Installing ICQ Surf. Using ICQ Surf.
Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Hour 24. Navigating and Searching the Internet Using ICQ.
Using ICQiT! to Search the Internet.
Doing Advanced Searches with ICQiT! Using the ICQiT! Search Bar.
Getting Information from the Web Using ICQ Channels. Using ICQ to Find People on the Internet. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Quiz. Answers. Activity.

Appendixes.
Appendix A. Popular Active Lists.
ICQ. Arts and Entertainment. Cars and Motorcycles. Hobbies. Computers and Technology. Miscellaneous.

Appendix B. Common Chat Acronyms and Faces.
Acronyms. Faces.

Appendix C. ICQ Resources on the Web.
ICQ's Official Web Site.
ICQ Downloads. ICQ Network Status. What's New at ICQ. Test New Versions of ICQ. Get Help with ICQ.
Unofficial ICQ Web Sites.
ICQ Help Network. Lies, Damn Lies, and ICQ Messages. Other Sites for Getting Help and Advice on Using ICQ.

Glossary.
Index.
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