It is often better to send a private message to a
[[File:IRC-PrivateMessage.png|Click a person to Message them]]
This will open a'tab' where you can talk directly with that person. If someone sends you a PM, a tab will appear on your side. You can then switch between the Private Message tab (AA-Shaun) and the main Channel (#A&A)
[[File:IRC-PrivateMEssageTab.png|You then have Tabs]]
When you get a new Private Message a number will appear next to that persons name in the tab, eg:
[[File:IRC-PrivateMessageNotification.png|New Private Message]]
If you use the web client a lot, then you may wish to enable 'Desktop Notifications' if your browser supports it. This is a setting found under the 'cog' icon on the top/right.