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Find & join spaces

  1. Sign in to Chator Gmail.
  2. Next to “Spaces,” click Start a chat .
  3. Click Browse spaces.
  4. Enter the name of the space that you want to find.
  5. Hover over the space name. Click Preview or Join.

Send messages in a space

Message everyone in the space

Your message appears to everyone in the space.

  1. On your computer,  open Google Chat or Gmail.
  2. Select a space.
  3. At the bottom, enter your message and click Send .

Direct message one person in a space

This starts or continues a separate Chat message with just that person.

  1. On your computer,  open Google Chat or Gmail.
  2. On the left, under "Spaces," select a space.
  3. At the top, click the space name and then Manage members.
  4. Point to the person's name and click More and then Message.
  5. Enter your message and then click Send .
Tip: You can also select someone’s photo to start a direct message with them.

Reply to a message in a space thread

Keep spaces focused by using separate threads for different, or off-topic conversations.

  1. Go to Google Chat or Gmail.
  2. Select a space.
  3. To reply, hover over the message and on the right, click Reply in thread .
    • Tip: If a thread already has replies, you can click the message to open the thread panel.
  4. In the thread panel to the right of the space, enter your message in the message window at the bottom.
  5. Click Send Send.

Learn more at the Google Chat Help Center

Leave or rejoin spaces

When you leave a space, you can’t:

  • Rejoin unless another member adds or invites you.
  • Get updates on active conversation threads.

If you rejoin a space, you can view all message history. If someone removes you from a space, you’ll need to be invited again.

Tip: If the space is discoverable, you can rejoin at any time. Learn about discoverable spaces.


Leave a space

  1. On your computer,  open Google Chat or Gmail.
  2. Next to a space name, click More options and then Leave.
  3. Click Leave space.

Rejoin a space

  1. Open Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. Next to "Spaces," click Create or find a space and then Browse spaces.
  3. Enter the space name.
  4. Click Add .

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