Create A Direct Message

In Google Chat, you can send a direct message to individuals or groups. Direct messages are private conversations between you and other people. Once you create a direct message, you can't add people, so the conversation remains private. 

1. Sign in to Gmail by clicking on Gmail in myTC portal.

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2. Under Chat, click a name [1], enter a message [2], and click Send [3].

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3. If the name isn’t under Chat, click The "+" symbol in the top right corner of Chat [1]. Then, type in the name of the person you want to chat with [2].

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4. Enter a name or email address. Suggestions appear as you enter text.

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5. To send a direct message to someone outside of your organization, enter their full email address.

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6. Select the person that you want to message.

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7. Enter a message and click Send.

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8. Suggestions include everyone in your organization, even if they don't have Chat.