Telegram is a fast-growing app which competes with WhatsApp and Viber in the mobile messaging market. Like these apps, it also has a desktop version for Windows, Linux and Mac. There is an issue with the official Telegram Desktop app - it does not give you a clear option to hide the contact list on the left side of its window. Here is a little trick you can use to bypass this limitation.
Telegram Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging system whose clients are open source and servers are proprietary software. Telegram users can exchange encrypted and self-destructing messages, photos, videos and documents (all file types are supported). Telegram is getting popular because it had a strong focus on privacy before other competitors like WhatsApp added encryption. Also, not having a requirement to only use the official client is an important feature that makes this messaging platform more open yet secure. Clients exist for all operating systems making it ubiquitous.
There is no obvious way to hide the list. The app does not provide such an option. The area on the left is a waste of space.
However, you can do a simple trick. Simply resize the window to decrease its width until the left pane disappears:
You can switch between the current conversation and the contact list by clicking the back arrow in the top bar of the app. This makes the Telegram chat window more compact and can be quite useful for those who prefer to focus on a single conversation or multitask with other apps, instead of always using it maximized.
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