Previously in Gmail chat, I was just able to click on the name of a person to edit his name. Now, the name acts as a link which opens Contacts, where the editing can happen. the old way was faster. Can I edit the names the old way somehow?

For example, here Aardvark is a link, and is not directly editable.

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  • You should still be able to customize it in the contacts view.
    – badp
    Commented Aug 10, 2010 at 13:44

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I don't think there's any way to do this directly in Gmail. More detailed instructions: Hover on the name in the chat list, then a pop-up window will appear. Click on the arrow in the lower-right corner of this window, that'll bring up the contact. You can edit the name there.

However, Google Talk will let you do this. Right-click on the name, and there's a "Rename" option.

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