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I ran a meeting on Google Hangout, and we took notes on chat. We all accidentally forgot to copy the chat text before all leaving.

Can I somehow retrieve a transcript of the chat during the hangout?

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I've read a number of threads on this in Google Product Forums and it seems like it's not currently possible. See Wanting feature for saving Google+ Hangout Group Chat transcripts –  batpigandme Jun 10 '13 at 11:23
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A workaround is to:

  1. Load the whole history by scrolling up
  2. Open Firebug and copy whole HTML to clipboard
  3. Paste it in a text editor and add on the very first line

    `<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">`
    
  4. Replace the contents of <head> with

    <meta content="IE=Edge" http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <style type="text/css">
    .tH, .bI, .lZ {
      display: none;
    }
    
    div.Sn {
      float: right;
      clear: both;
      background-color: #80D4DF;
      margin-bottom: 10px;
      padding: 10px;
      -moz-border-radius: 15px;
      border-radius: 15px;
    
    }
    
    div.pj {
      float: left;
      clear: both;
      background-color: #FEC56B;
      margin-bottom: 10px;
      padding: 10px;
      -moz-border-radius: 15px;
      border-radius: 15px;
    
    }
    
    body {
      width: 50%;
    }
    </style>
    
  5. Remove any <script> tags form document

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Adding to the answer, you could download your hangout chats via https://www.google.com/settings/takeout/downloads

Won't change the gist of the answer, but will save you a lot of time scrolling.

I also use tags and regex to get the lines I want.

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