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Common IRC Commands:

Type /join #channelname -- to join a channel of your interest

The /me is an action message.
Type /me 'does anything'

Type /msg nickname (message) to start a private chat on the same channel

/nick changes your nickname to whatever you like

A notice is used to send a short message to another person without opening up a private window.
Type /notice nickname (message)

Type /part -- to leave one channel
Type /partall -- to leave all the channels you are currently in

Type /ping nickname. This command gives you the ping time, or lag time, between you and the other person you pinged. Lag can be explained as the amount of time it takes for you to type your message and for others to read your messages. Unfortunately, lag is always a part of IRC, although most times it's not a problem, just a nuisance.

Similar to the /msg, except it forces a window to pop open.
Type /query nickname (message)

Type /quit to leave IRC altogether. This disconnects you from the server.

Unfortunately, there will be times when you don't want to talk to someone, or else someone may be harassing you.
By typing /ignore nickname 3, you will not receive anymore messages from that person.

Type /whois nickname to see a bit more information about another user. You'll see what server another person is using, or what their ISP is. Pretty helpful when you don't recognize a nickname that wants to chat. You may recognize the IP, (Internet Protocol) and then feel more comfortable carrying on a conversation. You'll also be able to see what other channels a person is in, which might be a good indicator if you really want to talk with them or not.

This opens up a DCC/CHAT window to another user. Unlike regular PM you can continue to chat even if you get disconnected from your server.
Word of Caution: Do NOT accept dcc/chats nor dcc/gets from anyone that you don't know.
Type /chat nickname.

There's one more very helpful command, and probably the one you'll use a lot when first starting out. In fact, I still use it quite a lot, and that's the built-in help menu of IRC.
Type /help, you'll see the the IRC Help Menu open up. You can do a search from there, or you can type /help topic. Either way, a TON of information at your fingertips.

All IRC Commands List:

/ Recalls the previous command entered in the current window.
/! Recalls the last command typed in any window.
/action <action text> Sends the specifed action to the current channel or query/Info/Status window.
/add [-apuce] <filename.ini> Loads commands, aliases, popups, users, and events.
/alias <alias name><command(s)> Adds the given alias to the Aliases/Tools list.
/ame <action text>Sends the specifed action to all channels are currently on.
/amsg <text> Sends the specifed message to all channels which you are currently on.
/auser [-a] <level><nick|address> Adds a user with the specified access level to the remote users list.
/auto [-r] [on|off|nickname[ type]|address] Adds <-r removes>auto-opping of a nick or address or sets it on or off totally. The type determines the used address syntax.
/away <away message> Sets you away leave a message showing that you are not currently paying attention to the IRC.
/away Sets you being back.
/ban [#channel] <nickname>[type] Bans the specified nick from the current or defined channel.
/beep [<number> <delay)] Locally beeps 'number' times with 'delay' in-between the beeps.
/channel Pops up the channel central window (works only in a channel)
/clear [nickname|channel] Clears the entire scrollback buffer of the <defined>window.
/clearall Clears all text in all open channels and messages windows.
/close -icfgms [nick1] [nickN] Closes message, send, inactive, chat, fserve or get windows.
/closemsg <nickname> Shutdown the query window you have open to the specified nick.
/creq [ask | auto | ignore] Sets your DCC 'On Chat request' settings in DCC/Options.
/ctcp <nickname><ping|finger|version|time|userinfo|clientinfo> Does the given ctcp request on nickname.
/ctcpreply <nickname><ctcp>[message] Sends a ctcp reply message to nickname.
/ctcps [on|off] Sets the Commands/Tools/Remote section on or off or checks its status.
/dcc send <nickname>[file1] [file2] [file3] [file4] ... [fileN] Sends the specified file(s) to nick.
/dcc chat <nickname> Opens and sends a dcc chat request to nickname in new window.
/dde [-r] <service><topic><item [data] Allows DDE control between IRC and other applications.
/ddeserver [[on [service name] | off] To turn on the DDE server mode, eventually with a given service name.
/describe <#channel><action text> Sends the specifed action to the specified channel window.
/disable <#groupname> De-activates a group of commands or events in the remote section.
/disconnect Forces immediate and a hard disconnect from your IRC server. Always use with care.
/dlevel <level> Changes the default user level in the remote section.
/dns <nickname | IP address | IP name> Uses your providers DNS to resolve an IP address.
/echo [N] <-s|a|[=]nickname|#channel> <text> Displays the given text only to YOU on the given place <status, active window, query or channel>in color N.
/enable <#groupname> Activates a group of commands or events.
/events [on|off] Displays the Tools/Remote/Events section status or sets it to listening or not.
/exit Forces IRC to shutdown and close all windows.
/finger <nickname | address> Does a finger on a users address... also if his nick is defined.
/flood [<numberoflines> <seconds> <pausetime>] Sets a crude flood control method.
/flush [levels] Clears and filters out all nicknames from the Remote/users list that are currently not on your channels.
/flushini <filename> Forces the specified INI file to be saved to drive/disk.
/font Activates the font selection dialog.
/fsend [on|off] Shows fsends status and allows you to turn dcc fast send on or off.
/fserve <nickname><maxgets><homedirectory>[welcome text file] Opens a fileserver.
/groups [-e|d] Shows all <enabled or disabled>groups defined in the remote sections.
/guser [-a] <level><nick>[type] Adds the user to the user list with the specified level and address type.
/help <keyword> Brings up the Basic IRC Commands section in the IRC help file.
/ial [on|off] Turns the Internal Address List on and off.
/identd [on|off] [userid] Activates the IdentD server with the given usedid.
/ignore [-rpcntiu#][on|off|nickname|address] [type] Ignores a nick or address or sets ignore on or off totally. -r to remove.
/invite <nickname><#channel> Invites another user to a channel.
/join <#channel> Makes you join the specified channel.
/kick <#channel><nickname> Kicks nickname off a given channel.
/links Shows the entire list of IRC servers in the network you are currently connected to.
/list [#string] [-min #] [-max #] Lists all currently available channels, evt. filtering for parameters.
/load <-a|p<c|n>|r<u|v|s><filename.ini> Loads Aliases, Popups, Remote items or Variables into IRC.
/loadbuf [lines] <window><filename> Loads lines from a text file into the specified window. <like echo)
/log [on|off] [windowname] Shows the logging status or sets it on or off for the window.
/me <action text> Sends the specifed action to the active channel or query window.
/mode <#channel|nickname>[[+|-]modechars [parameters]] Sets channel or user modes.
/msg <#channel|nickname><message> Send a private message to this user without opening a query window.
/names <#channel> Shows the nicks of all people on the given channel.
/nick <new nickname> Changes your nickname to whatever you like.
/notice <nick><message> Send the specified notice message to the nick.
/notify [-sh][-ar][on|off|nickname] Toggles notifying you of a nick on IRC or sets it on or off totally.
/onotice [#channel] <message> Send the specified notice message to all channel ops.
/omsg [#channel] <message> Send the specified message to all ops on a channel.
/part <#channel><message> Makes you leave the specified channel.
/partall <message> Makes you leave all channels you are on.
/perform [on|off] Toggles the File/Options/Perform <on startup>section.
/play [-cp q# m# rl# t#] [channel/nick] <filename>[delay|linenumber] Allows you to play text files to a channel. Read the help !
/pop <delay>[#channel] <nickname> Performs a randomly delayed +o on a not already opped nick.
/protect [-ar][on|off|nickname|address] Toggles protection of a nick or address or sets it on or off totally.
/query <nickname><message> Open a query window to this user and send them the private message.
/quit [reason] Disconnect you from IRC with the optional byebye message.
/quote [-q] <raw command> Sends any raw command you supply directly to the server. Use it with care !
/raw [-q] <raw command> Sends any raw command you supply directly to the server. Use it with care !
/remote [on|off] Sets the entire Tools/Remote setion on or off or checks its status.
/remove <c:\path\filename> Will delete the requested file.
/rlevel <access level> Removes all users from the remote users list with the specified access level.
/run <c:\path\program.exe> [parameters] Runs the specified program, evt. with parameters.
/ruser [-r] <nick[!]|address> [type] Removes the user from the remote users list.
/save [-apuce] <filename.ini> Saves remote sections into a specified INI file.
/savebuf [lines] <window> <filename> Saves lines from the buffer of a window to a file.
/say <text> Says whatever you want to the active window.
/server [server # | server address [port] [password]] Reconnects to the server or a newly specified one.
/sound [nickname|#channel] <filename.wav> <action text> Sends an action and a fitting sound request.
/speak <text> Uses the external text to speech program Monologue to speak up the text.
/splay <c:\path\filename.ext> Plays .wav and .mid files to you. (like /wavplay)
/sreq [ask | auto | ignore] Sets your DCC 'On Send request' settings in DCC/Options.
/strip [+-burc] Turns removal of color codes <see Options dialog>on/off.
/time Tells you the time on the server you use.
/timer[N] <repetitions> <interval in seconds> <command> [| <more commands>] Activates a timer.
/timestamp [-a|e|s] [on|off] [window] For Turning on/off timestamping in windows or globally. <-s = for status window, -a = for active window, -e = for every window)
/titlebar <text> Sets IRC's titlebar to the specified text.
/topic <#channel> <newtopic> Changes the topic for the specified channel.
/ulist [<|>]<level> Lists all users in the remote list with the specified access levels.
/unload <-a|-rs> <filename> This unloads the specified alias or remote script file.
/url [-d|on|off|hide] Opens or closes the URL window that allows you to surf the www parallel to IRC.
/uwho [nick] Pops up the user central with information about the specified user.
/version Tells you the version of the IRC server you use.
/wavplay <c:\path\filename.ext> Locally plays the specified wave or midi file.
/who <#channel> Shows the nicks of all people on the given channel.
/who <*address.string*> Shows all people on IRC with a matching address.
/whois <nickname> Shows information about someone in the status window.
/whowas <nickname> Shows information about someone who -just- left IRC.
/window This allows you to create and manipulate custom windows.
/write [-cidls] <filename> [text] To write the specified text to a .txt file.
/writeini <inifile> <section> <item> <value> To write to an .ini file.