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See Switching to Chat from classic Hangouts or Switching to Chat from Slack instead.


Intro to chatWhether in a 1:1 chat or a dedicated group workspace, Google Chat makes it easy to collaborate with your team in an organized way. Share and discuss files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides all in one place. Add Chat to your Gmail inbox and get all the features of Chat directly in Gmail.

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Section 1: Open Chat

1.1 Open Chat
1.2 Turn Chat on or off for Gmail

Section 2: Create direct messages and rooms

2.1 Send a direct message
2.2 Edit conversations
2.3 Create a room
2.4 Add or remove people in a room
2.5 Join or leave a room
2.6 Start multiple conversations in a room
2.7 Block a room
2.8 Inactivate a room

Section 3: Collaborate in Chat

3.1 Start a video meeting
3.2 Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in a room
3.3 Collaborate on documents and spreadsheets in a room
3.4 Send and share files in conversations
3.5 Create and assign tasks in a room
3.6 Search in Chat

Section 4: Manage chats

4.1 Hide or delete direct message conversations
4.2 Turn Chat notifications on or off
4.3 Do not disturb (mute notifications)
4.4 Manage chat history
4.5 Block and report someone


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