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I'd like to set chat aliases for chat contacts in gmail. Or, if it's possible, to hide patronyms.

As of now, the chat contact list shows the full name (including patronym) of the person as written in google-contacts. If I edit this contact, notably fields "add chat name" and "store as", nothing happens with the names in chat; however, if I edit the name of the person, the chat list reflects this change.

Is there a way - lab app/addon/script/some setting I missed - that allows to set the aliases for the chat without changing the "first name/patronym/family name" fields in the contact?

Thanks in advance.

Edit. I'm talking about the "old-style" Gmail chat, not Hangouts.

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To be clear, you're talking about the "old style" Gmail chat, not the new Hangouts in Gmail, yes? – Al E. Nov 5 '13 at 13:52
@AlEverett yes, I'm talking about the old style, not Hangouts. That's an importnat info, thanks for pointing it out; I'll edit the initial post. – TZakrevskiy Nov 5 '13 at 14:03
I remember being able to right click on the name in the "old style" Google chat desktop app and it will change the nickname but leave the Google Contact intact. – designerWhoCodes Nov 5 '13 at 15:34
@designerWhoCodes thank you, I'll try that (I'm on ubuntu right now). Though, for the sake of Linux users, a platform independent solution would be much better. – TZakrevskiy Nov 5 '13 at 16:41
@designerWhoCodes Unfortunately, renaming the contact in a desktop app (Google Talk) changes the "first name/patronym/family name" fields, so to say, it's not an alias, but editing the contact directly. – TZakrevskiy Nov 7 '13 at 8:02

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