Signing in to or out of Google Talk

Google Talk automatically loads every time you start Windows. When the sign-in screen appears, enter your username and password. (If you are a 2-step verification user, please use an application-specific password instead.) Then, click OK to connect.

If you'd rather sign in to Google Talk manually, click Settings at the top of your Friends list, and highlight General along the left side of the dialogue box. Uncheck the box next to Start automatically when starting Windows and click OK.

Then, each time you'd like to sign in to Google Talk, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start menu and highlight Programs.
  2. Select Google Talk.
  3. Click Google Talk on the last menu to sign in.

If you'd like to sign out, select Sign out from the status drop-down menu.

After you sign out, a gray ball will appear next to your name in your friends' Friends lists to let them know you aren't available to talk.