The 5 things new HipChat users need to know

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The 5 things new HipChat users need to know

So you're starting out with HipChat and you want to know how to become a Power User. Well you've come to the right place. Check these five tips out:

#1 Reorder your tabs

HipChat will present your tabs in the order you created them, so you may very well wind up with a spaghetti of Public Rooms, Private Rooms, and One-on-One conversations. Simply drag and drop the tabs to get the order you prefer.

Here's what my HipChat Room List looked like at some point:

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You have the lobby, a one-on-one room my buddy Romain, the private room for the Atlassian Practice, the public TecSolCom R3D room, and another one-on-one room with Aleksandar Mincic. After some drag and drop, here's what it looks like:

b2ap3_thumbnail_hipchat-tabs-sorted.png

Now we're good.

#2 Use emoticons because you're cool

You're probably thinking who cares about smileys, and you're right. But I'm not talking about the built-in emoticons which are super boring:

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I'm talking about these awesome emoticons (click to enlarge):hipchat-awesome-emoticons.PNG

 

You can find the full list at http://hipchat-emoticons.nyh.name/ and that site allows you to copy the emoticon in your clipboard. You will definitely want to bookmark that.

#3 Use Keyboard Shortcuts to save time

So enough clowning around with memes and emoticons, let's get down to business. We always underestimate the value of keyboard shortcuts but you should really learn to master these. The full and up to date list can be found in the Official HipChat Shortcut Documentation.

WindowsLinuxMacAction

Ctrl + F

Ctrl + F

⌘ + F

Search the room's history

Ctrl + I

Ctrl + I

⌘ + I

Invite someone to a room

Ctrl + J

Ctrl + J

⌘ + T

Join a new room or 1-1 chat
n/a n/a ⌘ + N Create a new room

Ctrl + Shift + S

Ctrl + Shift + S

n/a

Toggle notifications sounds on/off

Ctrl + T

Ctrl + T

n/a

Change the current topic

Ctrl + W

Ctrl + W

⌘ + W

Close the current tab

Ctrl + <number>

Ctrl + <number>

⌘ + <number>

Go to # tab

Ctrl + Tab

Ctrl + Tab

Ctrl + Tab /

Ctrl + Fn + Up

Next tab

Ctrl + Shift + Tab

Ctrl + Shift + Tab

Ctrl + Shift + Tab /

Ctrl + Fn + Down

Previous Tab

#4 Slash Commands

Similarly to what we've just seen with Keyboard Shortcuts, slash commands will also save you a lot of time. It goes like this, you use a command (preceded by slash, hence the name) and maybe an argument.

Slash Commands for Room Actions

<command>
<argument>
action
/join <room name> Enter a pre-existing HipCHat room (Not applicable in the native clients)
/part   Leave the room you are currently in
/topic <new topic> Change the topic of whatever room you are in

Slash Commands for Status Control

You can enter these commands in any chat window and they will alter your availability across the HipChat group.

<command>
<argument>
action
/available <message> Set your status as available (green) and optionally includes a message
/away <message>  Set your status as away (yellow) and optionally includes a message
/dnd <message> Set your status as Do Not Disturb (red) and optionally includes a message

Slash Commands for Message Formatting

Keep your team members on their toes by rendering your messages in style.

<command>
<argument>
action
Example
/code <message> Displays message with code syntax highlighting a1sx2_smaller_hipchat-code-slash-command.png
/quote <message>  Displays the message formatted with monospace font, regardless of length or number of new lines in the message b2ap3_thumbnail_hipchat-quote-slash-command.PNG
/clear   Clears out chat history in the current tab  
/me <message> The "emote" command lets you display a line of grey text with your name at the beginning, similar to the announcement that someone has left or joined a room. b2ap3_thumbnail_hipchat-me-slash-command.PNG
s/ wrong word/right word Fix spelling mistakes by using the substitution command. We all need it.  
  #<color hex> Show hexadecimal web colors right in HipChat. Designers love this one. b2ap3_thumbnail_hipchat-color-hex.PNG

#5 Drag and Drop or Paste files into chat room

HipChat allows you to drag and drop files, and it will show you a preview if it's an image. You can even paste whatever image is in your clipboard, so no need to save it in some file first. Great for debugging!

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Happy HipChatting and be sure to contact us if you want a demo !

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  • Invité
    KKorostoff vendredi, 30 janvier 2015

    /clear does not seem to work

  • TechSolCom
    TechSolCom dimanche, 08 février 2015

    You're right! Weird, because it appears in the official documentation... let me hit up the HipChat folks and see what this is about.

  • TechSolCom
    TechSolCom lundi, 09 février 2015

    I spoke with the HipChat team and the /clear function is only available in HipChat v3.0 clients, so Mac only.

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