Messages - Buddy List?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by JediSkipdogg, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2009
    I hate the new messages unless I am missing something. Is there a way to show all my online friends in one place?

    Right now the only way I've been able to find online friends is to Compose a New Message and then click the + to send it to and then click on Buddies. I'd like to just be able to quickly see if someone is on without doing all that. Is there a way?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    Yes. The buddy list is still there. Use option + 1. Its one more thing they fixed that wasn't broken and its one more apple app I'm no longer going to use. I've switched to Adium.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2009
    Ok, thanks. I went through all the menus and missed that one.
  4. macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2010
  5. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005
    He meant command key+1 which will bring the buddy window forward.
  6. macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2009
    The buddy list often doesn't exist.

    The buddy list menu item (which, as usual, Apple has inexplicably put in the Window menu instead of the View menu where it belongs) won't even exist if the AIM service is turned off (which it is by default).

    Another basic UI concept that Apple "forgot" is that when something is inapplicable, you grey it out. You don't just make it disappear entirely, because people will never learn where it is.

    The Messages UI is a disgrace. Not as bad as Address Book or the calendar, but it's incompetent all the same.

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