I just installed Ubuntu 10.04. I am using the default IM client (Empathy I believe). How can I open new IM messages with just the keyboard? I despise having to click on the green envelope icon, select chat and then select the contact name. I want to just do this by pressing some keys to bring up to the foreground the IM window with the message?
Some people have suggested to leave open a conversation and then do alt+tab and then switch to the tab with the new message but I do not like to leave windows open and I also I feel like it's too slow to do all those steps.