February 8, 2008

Disabling Gmail's Chat

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We understand that it's sometimes necessary to disable instant messaging services on a network. If you need to prevent Gmail users on your network from chatting, we suggest blocking DNS lookups to chatenabled.mail.google.com, by returning 127.0.0.1.

If you're not a network administrator, and you would simply like to view your own Gmail account without chat turned on, click turn off chat from the bottom of any Gmail page. You'll be signed out of chat, and your Chat list will be minimized. To turn chat back on, just click standard or click turn on chat.

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