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Talking to other people in Active Worlds is a unique part of the Active Worlds Browser experience. When you first enter an Active World you might see that other people's avatars won't have names above their heads. But as soon as they communicate with other people, a connection to you is established and you can see their names. When other people talk, what they said will appear right after their names, above their heads. Eventually, the above-head messages might disappear or be replaced, but the names remain. You can always go back and read what people said by viewing the Chat History. The Chat History window can also display messages from people who are behind you or off to the side.

Everyone can hear everyone else - there are no "whispers" in Active Worlds. However, if you wish to censor someone’s messages, you can "mute" them.

To talk to other people:

To talk to other people, all you have to do is type your message. What you type appears in the Message box, and pressing ENTER sends your message. Then you'll see your message appear in the Chat History window.

Other people will still see your last message above your head until you press ENTER to send the next one, or for another 30 seconds or so if you don't send another message.

To mute other people:

If a person has spoken and you don’t want to hear his/her message, you can mute them. To mute a person, right click on their avatar, and click on the Mute pop-up so that it is checked. A "Muted" message appears next to the person’s name above his/her avatar, and his messages will not reach you during the current session or until you have un-muted the person. A muted person’s messages will still be heard by all other people in his/hers proximity. You can un-mute a person by right clicking on his/her avatar, and un-checking the Mute pop-up.

Chat Window

You can resize the window by changing the border between the main view window and the Chat History window. Just position the cursor over the border between the windows until you see an up-down arrow, then drag the border to the desired position.

You can also use the scroll-up and scroll-down buttons to look at messages that have scrolled off the Chat History window. These buttons move the text in the window up or down one line at a time. Or click either above or below the 'slider bar' divider between the scroll buttons to move the text up or down one 'page'.

The Chat History window also displays any error messages you may get while building, for instance if you try to give an illegal Action or change someone else's property. These errors are given to you as a message from the all-powerful "Building Inspector".

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Guidelines for '360 Days in Activeworlds' are modified from the ActiveWorlds Support pages. Further assistance may be obtained by clicking on the help icon in the ActiveWorlds browser.