Start Your IM App Without Logging In With A Simple Shortcut

Start Your IM App Without Logging In With A Simple Shortcut

ImageYou probably have your IM application set to automatically login to your different accounts as soon as it starts up, but what about when you want to chat without announcing your presence to the world. Macworld details a simple keyboard shortcut that will launch iChat or Adium without logging into any accounts. The trick: Just hold down the shift key when you launch your respective IM app. Doing so will start the app offline. From there you can log into whichever individual account you want and control your status ahead of time. I tried this trick on Pidgin and Digsby to no avail and searched for similar shortcuts without luck. (If you know the proper shortcut, let’s hear it!) It’s such a smart and simple shortcut, and having been exposed to it, you can’t help but wonder why all IM apps don’t have this option.


  • MSN Messenger has a very similar option, it may only be with the add-on MSN Plus! that this is possible as i install it moments after the messenger so can’t say for sure.

  • Pidgin can be started by issuing a the following command:

    pidgin -n

    As per the man page:
    -n, –nologin
    Don’t automatically login when Pidgin starts. Sets the global status to Offline.

    Hope that helps. 🙂

    The easiest way is to create a seperate icon for pidgin that uses the ‘-n’ option. 🙂 Use this when you want to start not logged in. 😉

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