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The use of Agents with mIRC

mIRC supports Microsoft Agent both through the Options dialog and through scripting. An agent is an animated character that can speak text and perform actions. With a little fiddling and tweaking you can make this agent speak to you, warn you about events on IRC, and even read entire discussions to you.

In order for mIRC to use Microsoft Agent, you must have already installed Microsoft Agent on your computer. If it is installed, you will see an Agents button in the mIRC Options/Sounds dialog that allows you to change settings related to the agent.

Downloading and Installing Microsoft Agent

With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft has decided to stop supporting Microsoft Agent.

If you do not already have Microsoft Agent installed, there is currently no way to download and install it as it is no longer being made available by Microsoft.

If you already have Microsoft Agent installed...

You should be able to make mIRC speak some text. Assuming you have downloaded Peedy, try the following commands.

/gload peedy peedy.acs

This command will load Peedy in the background and make it ready to listen to you. You will see a little parrot icon in the system tray. Be sure to specify the character filename with the /gload command (peedy.acs for Peedy, genie.acs for Genie, and so on).

/gshow peedy

This will make Peedy visible. You can use the /ghide peedy command to hide Peedy.

/gtalk peedy Hello, nice to meet you!

With this command you can make Peedy speak some text. Try it!

If you are into scripting, you can also find out about how to control Agent through scripting in the Agents section of the mIRC help file.