There are a number of different ways for you to find your way into Excite Chat. To access Excite Chat from the Community homepage, simply click on the Chat link in the top navigation bar, or click on any of the room links within the Chat module. Other ways you can access the Chat homepage include clicking on various chat links throughout Excite, including the Excite Community section on the "My Excite" page.
Okay, so you made it to the Chat homepage, now what? Well, for starters, you need to select a chat room. To help keep things a little organized, we've divided up our many specific chat rooms by categories. You can choose to enter one of the Excite rooms or any of the Member-created rooms. Either click on the pull-down menu to select from our spotlighted chat rooms, or else click on the "More chat rooms" link which will launch a small pop-up window full of more room category drop-downs to choose from. The number in parenthesis after each room indicates how many Excite Members are currently chatting.
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THE MAIN CHAT WINDOW
Okay, now it's time for the fun stuff chatting. The main chat window is where you'll see all the conversations going on in the room. You'll notice all sorts of different fonts, colors and images within the window. These are all accessible via the many different buttons on the Chat interface.
At the bottom of the main chat window is the Send window. Simply type in your message and click the "Send" button (or hit the "Enter" key) to send your message into the room.
Bold, Italics, Underline and more
Want your text to stand out? No problem. First, hit the "Preferences" button at the top of the chat window to open up the Preferences window. These sections will let you customize your chat messages as well as your private messages in the Excite Private Messenger. On the "Message Display" section, check the box that says "Show formatting tools." Close the Preferences window and return to the main chat window. Now, by clicking on any of the buttons above the Send Window, you can do all sorts of formatting including: bold, italics, underlining, as well as changing the font color, style and size. Simply highlight the portion of text you wish to format, and then click on the appropriate button.
You can also add pictures to your conversations! First make sure you've checked the "Show formatting tools" box in the "Message Display" section of the Preferences. Then just press the Images button above the Send Window, and then click on the image you want to use. The image will be added right to the Send Window, so you can add text (or even another image) before or after your selected image. NOTE: In order to view images, you need to check the "Show images" box on the "Message Display" page in the preferences.
Besides straight chatting, you can also express yourself in Excite Chat with a number of emotions. First make sure you've checked the "Show formatting tools" box in the "Message Display" section of the Preferences. Then just select any emotion from the dropdown box above the Send Window. When you select an emotion, the Chat Window will display your actions. If you want to express yourself with another User, highlight their username and then click on an emotion. For example: if you just click on "Agree", the Chat Window will say [your Excite Username] completely agrees. If you click on "Agree" and highlight another user, the chat Window will display [your Excite Username] strongly agrees with [other Excite Username].
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When you first enter Excite Chat, you'll notice a big main window full of lots of tiny little pictures and word balloons. Each picture is a graphical representation (known as an Avatar) of the users in that chat room. Every time you type a message, your Avatar will "speak" it via a word balloon. You can also move your Avatar around the room to anywhere you choose by clicking and dragging your image from one spot to another.
You can also right click your mouse on another user's Avatar to get a menu of options including: send an IM, ignore this user, add this user to your buddy list, and view this user's identity. Right clicking on your own Avatar will give you different options including: edit identity, preferences, flip vertically, and flip horizontally.
You'll also notice a small "history" window below the Avatar window, which displays a history of all the chat text in your current room. If you'd like to switch views and see the full history in text mode (without any Avatars), click on the "Text Only" link from the "Views" dropdown in the top file menu.
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CHANGE YOUR AVATAR
When you first login to Excite Chat, you'll be given a default Avatar. But you can easily change this image with another of the many Avatars in our stock library or even upload your own!
To change your Avatar:
Right click on your Avatar to open up your personal Identity card. Below your Avatar picture, click the "Stock" radio button and then hit "Change". This will pop open another window with a library of Avatars for you to choose from. Simply select the new image you'd like, then hit "OK". Feel free to change your Avatars as often as you'd like.
To upload your own Avatar:
Right click on your Avatar to open up your personal Identity card. Below your Avatar picture, click the "Personal" radio button and then hit "Change". This will open up another window that lets you select from any avatars you've placed in your personal directory. Browse through your drives and directories with the dropdowns on the right until you find the Avatar you're looking for. Then just click on the picture in the left window and hit "OK".
To successfully upload your custom avatar, it must fit the following criteria:
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