Chat Interface

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The ingame Chat interface

The Chat Interface is a panel in the GUI in which various messages throughout RuneScape are displayed. These messages include public and private player chat, as well as game messages. The content displayed in the chat interface can be filtered using the six buttons that run across the bottom of the chat panel.

Filters[edit | edit source]

There are five filter buttons that allow the player to filter out content that appears in the chat panel. Clicking on one of these buttons will display only the content relating to that filter. For instance, the Trade filter is useful when selling in crowded worlds because it allows the player to see only Trade Requests being made. To show the entire chat with no filters, the All button may be pressed.

Game[edit | edit source]

The Game filter can be toggled between two modes. On and Filtered.

  • The On option will display all game messages (i.e. "You swing your axe at the tree." or "You get some logs." as mentioned above).
  • The Filtered option will only display major messages to the player such as level advancements, or alerts.

Public[edit | edit source]

The Public filter allows the player to filter out public player messages. There are five different filter options, as well as an option to filter by content, and an autochat option.

  • The Show Autochat option will show only auto-chatted messages.
  • The Show Standard option will show all public messages.
  • The Show Friends option will only show public messages from Friends.
  • The Off option will cease the display of all public messages on the screen.
  • The Hide option will filter all public messages from the chat panel.
  • The Filter Public Chat function will filter out any messages that do not contain a certain word or words. To set a filter, click "Filter public chat" and then type the desired filter. To clear the filter, click "Filter public chat", and press enter on the blank prompt.
  • The Autochat function will automatically chat a set message about every four seconds. To set up autochat, click "Setup your autochat", then type in the desired phrase you wish to autochat. After the message is entered, the game will begin to chat automatically. There is then a new option to "Pause autochat". When clicked, it will Pause the autochat, and an option to "Resume autochat" will be added. To clear autochat, click "Setup your autochat", and press enter when the blank prompt appears.

Private[edit | edit source]

  • The Show all option will show all private messages received.
  • The Show friends option filters out all private messages from players who are not on your Friends List.
  • The Off option will cease to show any received private messages.

Clan[edit | edit source]

  • The Show all option will show all clan messages received.
  • The Show friends option filters out all clan messages from players who are not on your Friends List.
  • The Off option will cease to show any received clan messages.

Trade[edit | edit source]

  • The Show all option will show all trade requests received.
  • The Show friends option filters out all trade requests from players who are not on your Friends List.
  • The Off option will cease to show any received trade requests.

Game Options[edit | edit source]

Chat Options

There are several Game Options that can affect the chat interface.

  • Toggle Chat effects.png The Chat effects option can toggle whether or not Chat Effects will be displayed on the screen.
  • Toggle Split private chat.png The Split private chat option toggles whether or not the private chat is separated from the main message area. If toggled on, private messages will be displayed above the main message area in the colour cyan . Otherwise, the messages will appear in the colour red in the main message area.
  • Toggle hide private chat.png The Hide private chat option toggles whether or not the private chat is shown when the Chatbox is hidden.
  • Toggle Profanity filter.png The Profanity filter option toggles whether or not the player is willing to view explicit words in chat. If toggled on, explicit words will be turned in to asterisks (i.e. explicit word turns into ****).
  • Notifications.png The Notifications decide whether the number of boss kills are displayed after every kill. It also allows players to receive notifications from any monster killed that they've dropped an item whose Grand Exchange value exceeds the threshold value, of which the player can change to whatever is desired. This also allows players to receive a warning if they attempt to drop an item.
  • Toggle Login notification.png The Login/Logout notification timeout option toggles whether or not the notification that appears when a friend has logged in or out stays in the chat interface. If toggled on, the notification disappears after a 10 seconds.

Reporting abuse[edit | edit source]

Main article: Rules of RuneScape

If someone is engaging in rule-breaking, they can be reported by doing either of the following:

  • Right-click on the offender, and select the appropriate rule they have broken.
  • Alternatively, if they have recently spoken in the chat, right-click their name in the chat box, and select the appropriate rule they have broken.
  • Click the 'Report' button, enter in the offender's name, and select the appropriate rule they have broken.

After successfully reporting the rule-breaker, you will get a confirmation message saying, "Thank-you, your abuse report has been received."

Chat effects[edit | edit source]

Public messages can have various effects other than the standard yellow text.

Colour effects[edit | edit source]

  • yellow: - Turns text yellow (default).
  • red: - Turns text red.
  • green: - Turns text green.
  • cyan: - Turns text cyan (closest to light blue or aqua).
  • purple: - Turns text purple.
  • white: - Turns text white.
  • flash1: - Text flashes between red and yellow text.
  • flash2: - Text flashes between cyan and blue text.
  • flash3: - Text flashes between light and dark green text.
  • glow1: - Text fades from red to orange to yellow to green to cyan.
  • glow2: - Text fades from red to magenta to blue to dark red.
  • glow3: - Text fades from white to green to white to cyan.

Text effects[edit | edit source]

  • wave: - Text moves up and down like a wave.
  • wave2: - Text waves diagonally.
  • shake: - Text shakes bizarrely.
  • slide: - Text slides in from above and slides out below.
  • scroll: - Text scrolls from right to left.

Players can combine colour and text effects by typing colour:text:Message.

Commands[edit | edit source]

Jagex Moderators have an extended command set that serves to make testing content and running community events easier. Players have a limited access to these commands, in which known ones are shown below:

  • ::wiki <search term> - Typing in a search term opens the Old School RuneScape Wiki in a new window in the player's default web browser.
  • ::bank - Causes the player to exclaim "Hey, everyone, I just tried to do something very silly!"
  • ::displayfps - Shows the client's current frames per second and memory usage (KB).
  • ::mouseovertext - Toggles the visibility of mouse-over text on the top-left screen.
  • ::renderself - Toggles the player's character model visibility to themselves.
  • ::toggleroof - Toggles roofs on or off. This can also be done in the advanced options interface under the Display tab in Options.

Badges/Icons[edit | edit source]

These few Badges/Icons may appear in your chat interface:

Update history[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
2 June 2016

Prevented the "A magical force stops you from moving." message from spamming the chat window when trying to auto-retaliate against an NPC whilst frozen.

18 June 2015

-The chatbox is now correctly opaque after closing the text-input box. -Fixed right-aligned and/or invisible username bug in chatbox.}}

11 June 2015

  • You can now clear your private message history by right clicking the private chat stone beneath the chatbox and selecting 'clear history'.
  • The transparent chat-box arrow buttons can no longer be clicked through.
  • Optimized the chat box to improve FPS.
7 May 2015

Some falconry related messages are now caught by the spam filter.

30 April 2015
(update | poll)

A coloured notification now appears in the chatbox when you get teleblocked.

19 March 2015
(update | poll)

When interacting with NPCs you will now be able to use your keyboard to skip through chat dialogue and select chat options. You can use the spacebar to continue through dialogue and the numbers on your keyboard to select different chat options.

5 February 2015

  • "10 of your tokens crumble away." has been added to the game filter.
  • "It heals some health" messages have been added to the game filter for more types of food.
29 January 2015

When adding players to your ignore list their recently sent messages will now be hidden.

2 October 2014
(update | poll)

Released a toggle allowing you to decide whether "user has logged in/out" messages will disappear.

11 September 2014

  • The message that notifies a player when a friend logs in or out will now disappear after 10 seconds.
  • Jewellery teleport messages are re-coloured for better visilibility.
17 July 2014

More messages have been added to the game filter including hunting chinchompas, smashing gargoyles and eating food.

10 July 2014

The game filter option was added to the chat interface. This can be used to hide many of the unnecessary of repetitive game messages.

26 June 2014
(update | poll)

An extra right-click option has been added to the public chat button that allows you to pause your autochat and start it up again without having to re-type the message.

22 May 2014

The "autochat" feature has been added, along with options to hide, show, and set up the autochat functionality.

8 May 2014

Private messages are now recognized as chat by the report abuse feature.

3 April 2014

Your own public chat is now visible when Public is set to Friends.

31 May 2013
(update | poll)

The chatbox now applies text-wrapping to long messages.

21 March 2013
(update | poll)

Right-clicking on chat messages from your friends will more easily let you reply to them.
Pressing 'tab' will reply to the last private message sent to you.

22 February 2013

This content was included when the Old School RuneScape servers officially launched.