The first time you install CompuServe, you need to set some configuration information. You do this by pulling down the Access menu and selecting the Preferences option. This displays the Preferences dialog box shown in Fig. 2.2. From this dialog box, you can configure the following settings, or you can live with the default settings—as most users do.
On the Connection tab, you can set up the following options:
- Connection. You can create any number of different connections (each with different settings) for
use in different situations. For ex¬ample, you can set up one version of CompuServe with multiple users, each of whom has his or her own separate connection information. Or, if you travel a lot, you might want to create different configurations for different cities.
- Member name. Fill in your name.
- Member ID. Fill in your CompuServe ID.
- Password. Enter your CompuServe password.
The Password field displays asterisks instead of the actual characters you type so that no one can read your password over your shoulder.
- Access phone. Enter the number you dial to access CompuServe. (If you’re connecting via Windows 95’s Dial-Up Networking, click the Configure Phone button and edit the connection labelled “CS3 Connection.”
- Port. Indicate which communications port your modern uses. (If you’re connecting via Windows 95’s Dial-Up Networking, this is filled in automatically.)
- Port speed. Select the maximum speed you can connect at. (If you’re connecting via Windows 95’s Dial-Up Networking, this is filled in automatically.)
- Access network. Tell how you connect to CompuServe (most members use the default “CompuServe”).
- Dial type. Indicate whether you have a tone or pulse phone line. (If you’re connecting via Windows 95’s Dial-Up Networking, this is filled in automatically.)
- Winsock Connection Type. This lets you determine if you want to connect via Windows 95’s Dial-Up Networking (the default, and recommended method) or via another Winsock previously installed on your PC.
- Dial–Up Networking. If you choose this option, you can select which dial-up connection you want to use to connect to CompuServe. The default (and recommended) connection is labeled “CS3 Connection.”
In addition, there are buttons that let you define and set up your particular modem, as well as buttons that define various advanced settings (such as which language you use and which country you live in; English and the United States are the defaults). Configuring CompuServe
- Select an Internet Browser. If you choose to use a browser other than CompuServe’s internal browser (which is based on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer), type the path and filename of the browser here.
- Prompt to save opened graphics. This instructs CompuServe to ask if you want to save any graphics you’re viewing to your hard disk. This option is normally selected.
- Retrieve graphic versions of menus. This option is also normally selected.
- Display Confirmation Messages. Click the button to activate this option.
- Set Directories. Click the button to select directories for various types of files used by CompuServe. (CompuServe sets its own default directories if you don’t select any.)
On the Mail tab, you can choose from the following options:
Keep a copy of all sent mail in: folder name, where you replace folder name with the name of the folder in which you want to save the mail messages.
Immediately show recipient dialog when you’re composing a new message.
View mail online before retrieving. (It’s generally selected.)
Delete mail from online mailbox when retrieved. (If you don’t select this, you have to do it manually.)
Under the Forums tab, you’ll see these options:
- Automatically file sent messages. You select the folder.
- Set Conferencing Preferences. Here you can set various options for in-forum conferences (not to be confused with Chat preferences).
- Retrieve Forum Logos. Displays the graphic logos of every forum you visit.
- Forums visited. Lists the last forums you’ve visited. You have the option of deleting items from this list.
- Name to use within the forum. It doesn’t have to be your real name.
- Name to use while conferencing.
On the Chat tab, you’ll find these options:
- Nickname. The name you use when participating in Chat; it doesn’t have to be your real name.
- Display all private chats in one window. Otherwise, you get a separate window for each private chat session.
- Add prohibited members to list. Here you can leave instructions to ignore certain members Permanently, For today only, or at your option (Ask me).
- Record chat text (in a log file).
- Add new text to the room’s log file. (If you don’t select this, you create a new log file.)
- Ignore invitations for Private chats or Group chats.
- Retrieve Graphics files, Sound files, or Save all retrieved files. On the News tab, you have the following choices:
- Show Public Folders and/or Personal Folders.
- Delete all retrieved articles. (If this is not selected, they keep accumulating.)
The Terminal tab contains these options:
- Size of scroll back buffer. Terminal mode consists of scrolling text, so you can select how much text you can scroll back through.
- Strip High Bit. This is necessary to properly view most terminal screens.
With the options on the Fonts tab, you can change the fonts used for CompuServe’s Body Text, Fixed Body Text, Terminal text, Printer text, and Printer Fixed text. Or you can just use the default fonts.
Finally, the Toolbar tab lets you change the buttons you see on CompuServe’s toolbar. Just select a function in the left-hand list, and click the Insert button to add it to the right-hand list.
After you configure everything to your satisfaction, click OK to register the configuration. With all the configurations set, you should be ready to dial CompuServe.