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How to use "My Controls"
« on: November 15, 2005, 08:19:30 PM »
My Controls - your personal control panel   :help:

When you click on it, it will display Your account summary and Your messenger summary. You will also notice Your personal note pad. This enables you to store any text you like, viewable to only you.

On the left hand side, you will see several sections. I will go into these one by one.


Go to Inbox - This is where your Personal Messages (PM's) are received.
ou can also jump to the Sent Items folder or another if you have created another folder (more on that later).You can also Move your messages or delete them.
Compose New Message - Here you can compose your PM to send to another member.Choose the member from your address book or type in the members name. Next enter a title, then what you want to say.
PM Buddies/Block List - for adding members to your address book and choosing which members, you do not want to allow to PM you.
Edit Storage Folders - Here you can add/remove personal custom folders.
By default, Current Virtual Directories, will list Inbox and Sent Items.   You could add a folder, say Archive and then once you have finished with your PM's, move them to it. This would make using the archive feature easier (see below).
Archive Messages - The archived messages will be compiled into a single file and emailed to your address as an attachment of your choice.
Simply select the folder you want to archive and choose the options for archiving you want.You will be sent an e-mail with an attachment of the messages you have archived, in HTML format or importable ms excel datafile.
Saved (Unsent) PM's - Messages you have decided to send later.
You can choose top open the message for edit (if needing to alter) and sending. You can also delete it without sending by puttin a tick next to the message and then pressing delete.
Message Tracker - For tracking PM's
If you selected Track this Message when you composed the message, you can see if the member has read the message. You can also choose to stop tracking the message. There is also the ability to see unread messages to which you can also delete it before the member has even read it.


View Topics - Topics that you have subscribed to.
Here you will find topics, seperated by forum, of topics you have either:
Started or replied to - if you have set this to happen in Email Settings (covered later), or; Clicked Track this Topic whilst viewing a topic. You have the ability to stop tracking individual topics or all topics by putting a tick in the appropriate area and clicking on Unsubscribe.
View Forums - Forums you have subscribed to.
Here you will find forums, seperated by category when you have clicked Subscribe to this forum whilst viewing a forum. You have the ability to stop tracking individual forums by clicking Unsubscribe or all forums clicking on Unsubscribe from all forums.

Personal Profile

Edit Profile info - Optional information you can provide including contact options.
Simply enter the information you want to provide to be viewable by other members.
Edit Signature - A personal signature to be displayed underneath your posts.
Enter some text and/or use BBC code to display a picture.
Edit Avatar Settings - A personal avatar that will be displayed under your member name in a post.
You can either choose a Pre-installed avatars or link to your own avatar on your own server space. If you do not want to use an avatar, select I don't wish to use an avatar (remove all current)


Email Settings - Privacy and Preferences.
Privacy Settings - You can choose to have members to be able to e-mail you or not and if you wish to receive updates from the forums administrator.
Board Preferences - The 1st option is to receive a copy of the 1st post when tracking a topic. With the 2nd option, you can choose to receive an e-mail if a member has sent you a PM. The last option allows you to automatically be subscribed to a topic that you have started or replied to (you will receive only 1 email per topic until you visit that topic again).
Board Settings - General board options.
You can customize the time zone in relation to where you live and also adjust for daylight saving mode.The next options are to set if you want to be able to view signatures, images and avatars in posts aswell as being able to have a pop up window being displayed if you receive a PM (although you will see if you have any PM's at the top of the page i.e 1 new messages
Change Email Address - Self explanatory.
When you change your e-mail address, you will be sent an e-mail to your new address as you will need to validate your account again.
Change Password - For the security minded. Although not necessary unless you want to change your current password. You will need to enter your old password and then type in your new password twice.

Will be adding to this later.
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