Gmail Support: When You Don’t Have Chat in Gmail

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This is perhaps off topic but I wanted to post it for others to find when they have the same problem I did.

Problem: you can’t get chat to open in Gmail.

Even if the icon for it is showing, clicking it does nothing.

The icon, usually in the lower left of the page:

Google Chat Icon



Google the problem and the best you will come up with is this page, which was no help to me.

Solution: close and reopen gmail. Then click the icon. BTW that can fix a lot of problems in gmail or calendar. I find both  can responding after a few days of being open in Chrome for OS X.