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Enhance Your Favorite ICQ Client with Actual Title Buttons

  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Advantage of New Buttons
    1. Monitoring Your Contacts' Activity
    2. Easily Handling Several Message Windows
      1. New Ways of Keeping Currently Unused Conversations
      2. Quickly Attaining the Most Convenient Layout of Message Windows
    3. Advanced Ways of Information Exchange
  3. Conclusion
  4. Useful Links

Introduction

Millions of people all over the world use ICQ and are fans of instant messaging. As the name implies, ICQ or I Seek You, is simply a way of getting in touch with people and friends. ICQ is so popular because it makes it easy to find people with similar interests across the globe, to establish new friendships, to communicate with colleagues, family members and friends no matter when or where they are. And once friendships and connections have been established you just need to go online to get in contact without the geographic and time related limitations of the offline world.

Though AOL's network protocol used by ICQ is proprietary, a number of people have created more or less compatible third-party clients, including Miranda IM, Trillian, QIP, &RO, Ayttm, Proteus, Adium, Easy Message etc. Therefore users are free to choose their favorite ICQ clients.

Today we would like to present you a very interesting piece of software called Actual Title Buttons. It adds a whole bag full of even more delightful new features to your favorite ICQ client! Actual Title Buttons allows you to add the new handy Minimize Alternatively, Stay Always-on-Top, Roll Up, Make Transparent and other additional buttons to any ICQ client window's title bar. And it works with any other program as well!

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Getting Advantage of New Buttons

  1. Monitoring Your Contacts' Activity

    If you want to monitor the activity of your contacts while working with other applications, you can make the ICQ client's contact list window on top of other windows. Just click the Stay-on-Top button Stay Always-on-Top button and the contact list will become always accessible and won't be hidden by other windows.

    Using it together with the Make Transparent button Make Transparent button will enable you to view an application window beneath your favorite ICQ client. This will help you by immediately showing which windows are opened now, and where they are. The transparency effect also forms a unique and very attractive appearance of your desktop, thus revealing its striking beauty.

    If you want just to monitor the activity of the respondents in your contact list (who is Free for Chat/Occupied/Away) and do not need the direct interaction with it then we recommend you to click the GhostWindow button Ghost button alongside with the above-mentioned Stay Always-on-Top and Make Transparent functions. It will force the contact list be on top while all mouse clicks directed to it will bypass that window completely, allowing you to work with other more urgent windows lying beneath.

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  2. Easily Handling Several Message Windows

    Some ICQ clients open several message in separate windows. In such a case it is usually not easy to manage them and requires some routine manipulations which are often distracting and annoying. Actual Title Buttons presents you several options which may become a true relief in such situations.

    1. New Ways of Keeping Currently Unused Conversations

      While talking to several people you usually have to move the unused conversation window out of your way without closing it: when it becomes idle for some reason or you just need to refer to some data in an Internet browser or a text editor. Actual Title Buttons presents you several options to do it in the most advanced ways:

      • SendToBottom button Send to Bottom button lets you put the foreground message window under all currently opened windows without closing it and maintaining its original size and position. It's like moving a playing card from the top of the deck to its bottom.

      • Rollup button Roll Up button lets you minimize the message window in such a way that only its title bar remains visible. This is better than minimizing it to an icon because you won't have to hunt for the windows you were using!

      • Minimize-to-Tray button Minimize Alternatively button lets you save the taskbar space by hiding message windows to tray or to virtually any place on your desktop. Just click the Minimize Alternatively button - and the message window will be minimized to a small icon. Click this icon - and window is back and ready to use!

      • Move-to-Monitor button Move to Monitor button is useful for placing message windows to the desired monitor if you have several monitors connected to your computer. Just click it, and window will move to the next monitor. In other words, a message window displayed on Monitor 1 will move to Monitor 2. No need to drag it manually to free the desktop space!

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    2. Quickly Attaining the Most Convenient Layout of Message Windows

      If you need to change the current size of a message window on-the-fly, which might be useful in various situations, from checking some data in other windows to getting better view to the contents of the message, just right-click the ResizeWindow button Resize button. You will get access to the wide range of predefined sizes. Or you can specify the custom window dimensions yourself as circumstances require. For example, when you receive a message containing a wide table and need to resize the window horizontally, you should choose the predefined size, which is marked as 100%x- in the context menu. Analogically, when you need to resize the window vertically, e.g. when you receive a long message, you should choose -x100%.

      To position several message windows in the most convenient places on the desktop click the AlignWindow button Align button. It provides the automatic horizontal and vertical alignment of message windows or any other window in nine predefined alignment modes (just right-click the button).

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    3. Advanced Ways of Information Exchange

      If you need to drag-n-drop something (text/photo/picture/document etc.) into a message window just click its Stay-on-Top button Stay Always-on-Top button to prevent the source window from covering it up when you activate the source window by starting the drag-n-drop procedure.

      Another way we recommend to quickly insert some information into your message from any external source (text editor, Internet browser, other message window etc.) is using Copy to Clipboard/Paste from Clipboard buttons: switch to a source window, select the desired information, click the CopyToClipboard button Copy to Clipboard button, switch back to your message window, and click the PasteFromClipboard button Paste from Clipboard button. Using these buttons to operate with Windows® clipboard is far more quicker than using the commands of the same name in window's Edit main menu, especially when using such alternative input device as touch screen (for example, on Tablet PC).

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Conclusion

Actual Title Buttons makes your work with your favorite ICQ client and other applications extremely simple and convenient. The new buttons are as easy to use as the standard Windows® Minimize/Maximize/Close ones and they make ICQ client more user-friendly, convenient and stylish. It is an ideal solution if you usually multitask in several applications.

Interested? Try it out, Actual Title Buttons is easy-to-use and very handy!

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Useful Links

See the following links that will be your guides in being acquainted with Actual Title Buttons:

  • Download the fully functional 60-days trial version of Actual Title Buttons right now. It is completely free!
  • Actual Title Buttons Home - the official page where you can download or order the risk-free version and read what other users say about Actual Title Buttons.
  • Actual Title Buttons Help section - the full list of additional buttons available in Actual Title Buttons.
  • Here you can find the information on how to create specific settings for your favorite ICQ client or any other window.

Check out our articles. You can find other ways for using new title buttons and other features to make your work easier!

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