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Like iOS 8, OS X Yosemite brings tons of new features to the table when it comes to iMessage. You can now do interesting things like rename iMessage Conversations, add additional participants to a group message conversation, and leave a group iMessage conversation outright.

Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break, which showcases these three new group iMessage features in OS X Yosemite.

When participating in iMessage conversations, you can rename group iMessage threads by clicking on the Details button in the upper right-hand corner of the conversation. Click the name field at the top that says Untitled Group Chat, and type a name to rename the conversation.

You can also add additional people to a group iMessage conversation. Again, on the Details page, tap the Add Contact section, and type the name of a contact that you wish to add. OS X will provide suggestions from your contacts based on the name you type. Click on the name to add an additional person to the conversation.

It is also possible to leave a group iMessage conversation. To do so, click the Details button in the upper right-hand corner of a conversation thread, and click the Leave Conversation button at the bottom of the interface.

What do you think about the enhancements made to the Messages app in OS X Yosemite? Will you be taking advantage of these new features?

This post is an excerpt from iDB’s Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide. To learn about some of OS X Yosemite’s most outstanding new features, and to support iDB, you can download it on the iBooks Store for $0.99.

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  • James

    Great video, I see that in messages now it has screen share. Is this part of Aim or strictly now using our Apple ids. I can’t seem to get this to work with my dad as he gets lost and it makes it easier for me to show him and explain things. Any tips ? Thx

  • Marcus

    Jeff, I’ve got a very off-topic question, but it would be great if you could answer it. I’ve been using 1Password with Dropbox syncing for awhile now and I was wondering what syncing service you use. Do you use Dropbox, iCloud Drive, or WiFi Sync? Since I’ve gotten iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite I’ve had the urge to switch to iCloud Drive, but I don’t know yet. What do you use?