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 six 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 Show none 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 Show none option will cease to show any received private messages.

Channel[edit | edit source]

  • The Show all option will show all Chat-channel messages received.
  • The Show friends option filters out all Chat-channel messages from players who are not on your Friends List.
  • The Show none option will cease to show any received Chat-channel messages.
  • The Set chat mode (/@f) option will set your chat box to type only in the clan chat channel. To undo, type /@p and some additional text. Ex) type "/@p some text" to undo

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 Show none option will cease to show any received clan messages.
  • The Clear history option will clear everything contained in the clan chat channel from the moment you were logged in.
  • The Set chat mode (/@c) option will set your chat box to type only in the clan chat channel. To undo, type /@p and some additional text. Ex) type "/@p some text" to undo
  • The Set chat mode (/@g) will set your chat box to type only in the guest clan chat channel. To undo, follow the steps above.

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 Show none option will cease to show any received trade requests.

Settings[edit | edit source]

Main article: Settings § Chat

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.
  • ::toggleantidrag - (Steam clients only) Toggles anti-drag, preventing items in your inventory from being moved unless Shift is held.
  • ::toggleroof or ::toggleroofs - Toggles roofs on or off. This can also be done in the Settings menu.
  • ::uiquality - (Steam clients only) This code changes the interface scaling algorithm by adding a number after it. 0 for nearest neighbour. 1 for linear. 2 for bicubic.
  • ::setwindowsize [x] [y] - (Steam clients only) Sets your game window to the specified size.

Badges/Icons[edit | edit source]

These few badges/icons may appear in your chat interface:

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
17 November 2021
(update)

The messages sent when drinking alcoholic beverages (in game!) have been added to the spam filter.

21 April 2021
(update)

Added rendering support for U+2014 EM DASH ().

13 October 2016
(update)

Some messages on Rogues' Den reward traps are now filtered.

2 June 2016
(update)

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.

8 October 2015
(update)
  • Added a toggle that allows you to have private messages remain visible even when your chatbox is hidden.
  • Added messages for attaching a crossbow stock to limbs and stringing a crossbow to the chat filter.
23 July 2015
(update)

More challenge messages at the Duel Arena will now appear under the trade chat tab.

18 June 2015
(update)
  • 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
(update)

  • 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
(update)

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
(update)

  • "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
(update)

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

2 October 2014
(update | poll)

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

11 September 2014
(update)

  • 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
(update)

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

10 July 2014
(update)

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
(update)

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

8 May 2014
(update)

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

3 April 2014
(update)

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
(update)

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