Downloading and Installing Google Talk
To get started using Google Talk, go to the Google Talk homepage. When you log on to the Google Talk home page for the firs ttime, you'll see information about the program and a link to download the Google Talk software. Click the Download Google Talk button.
The download should begin automatically. Select a location on your hard drive to save the file, and when the download is completely, close out of all of your windows, navigate to the file, and then double-click it to begin the installation.
Installation is short and, when it's finished, you need to sign into the Google Talk window that launches, using your Google account information or your Gmail account information.
How Google Talk behaves after you sign in is determined by whether or not you have a Gmail account. If you do have a Gmail account, when you sign into Google Talk for the first time, the program will be populated with the contact information that you've stored in Gmail, as shown in the figure below.
If you don't use Gmail, then Google Talk will open but your contact list won't automatically populate. You'll have to manually add the people with whom you would like to communicate. But you'll learn more about that later in this series in the article titled "How to Set Up Your Google Talk Contacts List."