1.Put a contact on the Desktop
*When you’re communicating with someone, save space on your Desktop by opening the ICQ panel and using the left mouse to drag and drop the contact’s name onto the Desktop (the cursor will display as a rectangle with a plus sign in front of it when you it’s okay to drop the contact; it’ll appear as a circle with a cross through it when you can’t drop the contact). *You can then minimise the ICQ panel while keeping the contact’s name visible.
*Double-click the name to send a message or open an incoming message;
*right-click the name and choose Floating Off to remove the contact from your Desktop.
2.The party line
*From time to time, you’ll find yourself the recipient of chain messages proclaiming things such as “Attention! It’s confirmed, ICQ is going to charge $0.10 for every message sent” or “If u meet a guy called RoyalKnight or ArcAngel, dont give him your icq number he is a hacker he sends viruses that format your hard drive”.
*Usually such messages urge you to forward the message to everyone on your contact list.
Ignore them all and don’t pass them on.
*All official ICQ messages appear either in the ICQ Announcements dialog that appears when you start ICQ or on the ICQ home page.
3.Docking the panel
*If you drag the ICQ panel to any edge of your screen, it will lock into place and resize to occupy the whole of the edge of the screen.
*You can undo this by clicking the panel’s title bar and dragging it away from the screen’s edge.
4.Protecting your contact list
*If you lose ICQ due to a hard disk failure or other failure, it’s easy to reinstall it, but what about your contact list?
*ICQ stores your contact list and a history of your communications in a database in a folder called NewDB (or just DB in older versions of ICQ). You can resurrect your contact list provided you first back it up.
*To do so, open Windows Explorer and locate the database folder (it’s usually in Program FilesICQNewDB). Copy ( CTRL +c) the entire folder to a new location.
*To restore the list, first complete the ICQ installation and then copy the contents of the backup folder into Program FilesICQNewDB, overwriting any existing files.
*You can use the same technique to copy your contact list to another computer running ICQ.
5.Send ’em to Coventry
*If you receive unsolicited or annoying messages from another ICQ user, put them on your Ignore List. Once there, you won’t hear a peep from them.
*When you receive an unwanted message, click the ICQ button, select Security & Privacy and click the Ignore List tab in the Security dialog box. Drag the offending ICQ user from your contact list into the box inside the Ignore List.
*There’s also an option to accept messages only from those on your contact list (ICQ button, Security & Privacy, Ignore List tab, Accept Messages Only From Users On My Contact List). The only trouble with this is it may exclude messages from a friend whom you didn’t realise was on ICQ.
6.Left and right clicks
*When you click within the Contact List with your left mouse button, ICQ pops up a menu of options. This can get pretty annoying when you’re simply moving around the list.
*It makes much more sense to have this pop-up menu activated by the right mouse button.
*You can make the switch by clicking the ICQ button, choosing Preferences and clicking the *Contact List tab in the Preferences dialog. Deselect the option Access Menus By Left Button and click OK.
*To set up multiple users: Install ICQ as you normally would for a single user. Click the ICQ button, select Add/Change Current User, and then select Add Another Registered User (if the second user already has an ICQ number) or Register A New User (if the second user needs to sign up with ICQ).
*Follow the prompts in the dialog boxes to add the second user.
*You can any number of users in this way.
8.Privacy for multiple users
*If you share ICQ on your computer with other users but don’t want them to see your contact list or have access to your message history, you can protect your list by forcing ICQ to ask for a password when it makes you the active user: Make sure you’re the current user.
*Click the ICQ button and choose Security & Privacy.
*On the Security tab within the Security dialog box, under Security Level select High (Password must be entered to load ICQ), and then click Save.
*From now on you’ll have to enter your password to activate your ICQ Contact List.