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IChat in Leopard: Incoming messages launch application?

Asked by wildflower (11152points) June 28th, 2008

As a reflex the first thing I do when I open my MacBook pro at home is quit iChat so I don’t get work messages, but on a couple of occasions (like just now), iChat relaunches with an incoming message…...how and why is this? I know I really should know, but I can’t see what setting I need to change and couldn’t find anything in the Help – anyone have some insights on this one?

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dingus108's avatar

I havnt ever seen this before… Then again I’m only an occasional Mac user. I’m sure a huge Mac guy on fluther could help you much better than I can. :-/ it might be a new update released in preparation for the new mobile me stuff later this fall… Idk… Just my 2 cents.

pnutbutterngabby's avatar

Do you have your preferences set to open specific applications upon login? If so, I would start there by changing your settings so that you have to open the iChat application to use it. Go to System Preferences/ Accounts/Login Items and disable the application there. Then you should be able to open your MacBook without having the application set to launch. Hope that helps.

wildflower's avatar

No, I don’t have any login items. And it’s typically a case of iChat’s already running from when I was at work (I just put the machine to sleep, I don’t log out or switch it off), which is why the first thing I do is quit the application, but then a while later, it relaunches itself because someone is chatting me….it’s really very odd. I don’t think it’s a new thing, it’s happened from time to time for a while and I’m still on 10.5.2.

pnutbutterngabby's avatar

OK, if it’s not your system preferences then could it be a setting you have enabled in the iChat program itself? I’m thinking something like “Launch application when new message is received.” Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of know-how on iChat as I have always used Adium, so that is the only other thing of which I can think. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I would check out the Apple support page: http://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa. I have always found this to be useful.

jrpowell's avatar

Are you using File—> Quit to close the application? If you are just hitting the red circle it just closes the iChat window but the application is still running so you will still get new messages.

wildflower's avatar

I usually use apple+Q (don’t take this the wrong way, but I do know the difference between closing a window and an application)

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