Wave in 15 Easy Steps

There are 15 things we can simply apply in using the application.

1. Starting A new Wave

Starting a new wave is very simple. Just click the “new wave” button and then you can begin typing your message.

2. Replying to the wave.

There are various ways to reply to a wave. “Click the reply button above the wave panel” “Double Click inside the wave and select reply” “Click the blue line to reply to a blip” Once finished, click done.

3. Shift+Enter

Shift enter allows you to “end editing” a content (instead of clicking done) and also enables you to “reply” immediately.

4. Editing a Wave

Another good thing with Google Wave is that anybody can edit and reply all at the same time. You can have chat and email like conversation. Participants can edit or reply while the other is typing. So you will see all participants writing down their messages and another cool thing is that you will see their names while they type a message on the blip.

5. Spelling Correction

Like any spell checker on other applications like Google Docs and Microsoft Office Word, Google Wave also has this feature. It will mark a “red line” under an incorrect word and it will give you “word replacement suggestions.” You can “Point the cursor” to the underlined word and click the “arrow down button” and then select the appropriate word to use.

6. Adding a Contact

Click the plus button at the top of the panel. Once the list showed up, simply click a contact to add in the wave and if the persons you wish to chat are not yet saved on your contacts list, you can simply search them using their addresses and then select add to contacts. Clicking the “manage contacts” in the lower left pane will allow you to manage your list after you add them or later.

7. Reading Waves

This feature uses “space bar” to view unread messages in a wave. When you click the space bar it will go to the next unread message.

8. Playback, to view the history of the wave

The history of a wave can be viewed through playback. You will see the playback button at the top menu of the wave. Once clicked it will have a replay of the previous conversation. The “slider” at the top allows you also to move the page from point to point.

9. Search for Waves

Use the “search box” at the top of the center panel to search for your waves. You can type keywords or tags (special operators) to deduce the searches.

10. Moving Panels

Customizing wave panels of your screen is another feature. You can easily re-size the wave by clicking and dragging the space between two waves to your desired width or height. You can also minimize and restore waves to save space in the panel.

11. Scrolling

If you wish to navigate the contents of a wave, scrolling allows you to read them from top to bottom. You can either “move it” (by clicking the scroll bar in the right pane and dragging it up and down) or “click” the up and down button on the scroll bar.

12. Tagging in a Wave

All participants in a wave can place tags. You can see the tag menu at the bottom of the wave. Click the “plus sign” beside it and then type in the tags. If you want to remove them, simply click the x button.

13. Creating a Saved Search

Click the add button (beside searches) to save a new search. Then, enter the title and the query and then select the options you like. Then click Submit once done. You can choose colors for your searches that will appear in your inbox.

14. Making A Folder.

To make a new folder, click the “add button” (beside “folder”)on the left pane of the screen. Name the folder with your desired title. You can drag the waves you wished to place in the folder. By clicking the folder, the waves you dragged will appear.

15. Translation of Rosy

Rosy is a robot that interfaces into Google’s translation engine. Rosy translates anything inside a wave in real time conversation. If you are setup with Spanish and the other in English, both of you can type sentences in your own languages and it will be translated immediately as the other party reads the message. In order to enable this, “Rosy” must be dragged or added to the Wave.

Summary: Compilation of Features

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