Make your Mac into a communications hub with the Messages app!

Take Control of
Messages in Mountain Lion

Glenn Fleishman

The new Messages app in Mountain Lion lets you chat via text, audio, and video, but are you taking full advantage of its features? Join Mac expert Glenn Fleishman as he explains the six account options, what’s changed since iChat, status and etiquette, buddy lists, how to best send a message, and more.

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When it’s time for an online chat, Messages in Mountain Lion has all the chops for sending short text-based messages and cute emoticons. Messages can also transmit graphics, handle voice conversations, share screens, coordinate group chats, and even host a full-on video chat. But making Messages do your bidding can require some specialized know-how. Networking guru Glenn Fleishman shows you exactly what to do, and explains just what you need to know so you can communicate with confidence.

With this ebook in hand, you’ll discover:

  • What is difference between SMS, instant messaging, and iMessage—plus why you’d care.

  • How to convert your iChat experience to the brave new world of Messages.

  • Why it is that Messages lets you communicate via accounts at five different services (plus Bonjour), and how to figure out which you should use.

  • In an iMessage account, how to configure which email address(es) and iPhone phone number(s) should receive messages on your Mac.

  • How to use Google Talk with Google two-factor authentication.

  • How to send messages—and set your online status—with an eye to etiquette and conventions.

  • What an instant-message buddy is, why it’s awkward that iMessage doesn’t have buddies, and how to add buddies, organize buddies, and even delete or block a buddy.

  • How to exchange photos, videos, business documents, and other files via Messages.

  • The best way to add a spoken conversation or video to a chat, whether through an iMessage/FaceTime chat or an instant-messaging service.

  • How to view and control the Mac screen of the person you’re chatting with (or vice-versa).

  • And much more…

Glenn Fleishman

About Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, Fast Company, and Increment. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. He spent 2019 and 2020 building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

What versions of Mac OS X does this ebook cover?

This ebook is for users of 10.8 Mountain Lion. More specifically, we published this ebook shortly after Apple released 10.8.2, so the ebook includes a few changes to Messages that took place in 10.8.2.

Apple offered a beta of Messages for 10.7 Lion, but removed the download link before 10.8 Mountain Lion shipped. The company hasn’t provided a full release of Messages for Lion. This ebook doesn't cover the Messages beta for Lion.

Will this ebook help me run the Messages app in iOS?

This ebook is about Messages on a Mac. To the extent that a Mac user needs to know what might happen in iOS in order to communicate effectively, yes, this ebook has some pointers. Also, some the concepts covered, like the difference between an iMessage and a text message (SMS/MMS), would be helpful to know when working with Messages in iOS.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Messages Quick Start
  • What’s New in Messages for iChat Users
  • Open a Channel
  • Review Your Etiquette Lessons
  • Bring On Buddy Lists for Instant Messaging
  • Master the Messages Window
  • Exchange Text and Multimedia Messages
  • Chat via Audio and Video
  • Share Screens
  • About This Book
  • June 23, 2014 -- Sorry, but we don't plan to update this book.