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Pidgin for Windows

1. Download Pidgin for Windows client

Pidgin is a free chat client available for download on Windows and Mac. Be sure to download and install the client on your computer.

2. Configure your account

Run Pidgin and you will receive the following message. Select "Add..."
Win Pidgin Existing AccountIn the Basic tab, enter the following information:
  • Username: Your Username
  • Domain: chat.ucsd.edu
  • Password: Your Password
  • Local Alias: How you want your name to appear on your machine
In the Advanced tab, enter:
  • Connection security: Use old-style SSL
  • Connect port: 5223

Win Pidgin SettingsClick Add to save the settings and connect!

3. Adding friends

Win Pidgin Add Buddy

To add a friend, click on Buddies, then select Add Buddy...

The Add Buddy dialog will appear. In this dialog, enter the Buddy's username of your friend and nameyour friend anything you like using Alias. You may also add them to any Groups you might have in your contact list. Once you click Add, they will appear in your contact list.

Win Pidgin Add Buddy

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