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A huge part of Star Wars: The Old Republic involves talking with other players; Your guild, party, or other players on the same planet. You'll use the chat to group up for heroics, find and join guilds, get questions answered in-game, and sometimes sell items.
You can send messages on the current channel or issue commands by pressing the <Enter> key by default. This will bring up the chat bar where you can type your message or command. You may also click in the chat area (top left) to bring up the chat bar.
Messages are just regular text. Commands start with a "/" (No quotes) and are entered in the same chat area as regular messages.
There are several "channels" in the game that you can use by default. You can change which channels show up in each of your chat tabs by right clicking on the tab and clicking "Chat Settings". You can then toggle which channels you wish to see in that tab.
Global channels are always available, and are specific to the current planet you are on. The three global channels are Trade, PvP, and General.
The most common channel and also the default channel, you can switch back to it by typing the command: "/1" or "/general". You can use this channel to look for groups for heroics, ask questions and chat with other players. All players can see this channel by default.
This channel is rarely used, but is a default channel which means all users can see it by default. You should use this channel for Player-vs-Player combat talk, if you are on a PvP server in a PvP area. You may switch to this channel by typing "/2" or "/pvp".
This channel is rarely used as people mistakenly use /general instead. If you are trying to buy or sell items, instead of posting to /general, post to /trade instead. You may switch to this channel by typing "/3" or "/trade".
Player channels are used to communicate with specific players or nearby players. Very useful for private conversations or conversations that only affect people nearby.
The emote channel isn't a channel you can talk on, but it will show you emotes performed by other players. For example, you may see "Tarak waves at everyone.". The reason for having this as a channel is so that you may toggle it on or off.
This channel is for telling nearby players a message. You could type for example "/yell Imps incoming, beware!" if you were in a PvP area and saw imperial players incoming. Switch to the channel by typing "/yell".
This channel works the same as /yell, except you wouldn't use /yell for normal messages. For example, if a random player heals you in a PvE fight, you might say "/say Thanks for the heal" instead of whispering them. Switch to this channel by typing "/say".
This channel is used for private communications with another player. To send a user a message, you type "/whisper Player_Name Your message goes here". In the chat area, the message will appear as "To [Player_Name]: Your message goes here". Whispers from other players appear as "From [Player_Name]: Their message goes here". You can also use "/tell" instead of "/whisper".
You may reply to an incoming whisper quickly by typing "/r" or "/reply". If somebody is looking for a group in /general, instead of replying "I'll go" in /general, you should send a /whisper instead.
If you see a user saying "PST", they are saying "Please Send Tell" which is a whisper/private message.
Group channels are used to communicate with specific groups of players, such as your party, guild or raid.
The Ops channel is short for "Operations" and is used in raids and warzones. If you wish to communicate with your raid group or warzone group, switch channels by typing "/ops".
The guild channel is used for sending messages to other players in your guild. Only people in your guild will see the messages. You can switch to this channel by typing "/guild".
The Party channel is used for communicating with your party/group (Which can contain up to 4 players). Only your party will see these messages. You can switch to this channel by typing "/party".
You can use the chat message bar to issue in-game commands as well as sending messages. Commands are differentiated from messages because they all start with a "/" (excluding the quotes).
Emote commands will make your player avatar perform a specific action. There are dozens of emotes, and you can find new ones by clicking the top most icon in the chat window (Not the minimize chat button, it's a picture of a player).
- /wave - Your character waves at everyone
- /wave [player_name] - Your character waves at a specific player. For example: "/wave tarak" will wave at a player named tarak if there is one near by.
These commands are used for manipulating your party, mostly if you are the party leader.
- /invite [player_name] - Invites a player to join your party
- /pquit - Leave your current party
- /kick [player_name] - Removes a player from your party
- /ginvite [player_name] - Invites a player to join your guild
- /gquit - Your character leaves your current guild.
- /bug for support