I recently started using iChat more and more to communicate with my extended family. I have also used it to help my Grandfather when he has questions, I just fire up iChat and share his screen and I am able to help him with his issues. The other day I was messing around with the preferences in iChat and noticed something I have never been told about or heard of. I am sure that most of you know this but for my newer users who want to use iChat but don’t want to have the window open all the time you can check a box in the Preferences of iChat that will put the status icon on the Menu Bar. From there all you need to do is keep your status updated and ichat will function as it would if the full application was open and taking up space on the screen.