If you minimize the screen (hit the _ box in the top right corner) it will put the chatroom in the lower corner of your screen. Now you can check out the rest of the site or even leave the site to do other things. When someone clicks in a post on the chat you will hear it and can click the double square box and bring the screen back to full size to chat.
When some of you say hello to me and I don't answer back right away please don't think that I'm being rude! LOL .. I'm just off doing something else and will get there as quick as I can! I don't want to end up with a bunch of you thinking I'm more of a jerk then I really am! LOL!!